Comparative Effectiveness Research Program Accepting Supplier Applications to Determine Safest, Most Efficient Healthcare

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Premier healthcare alliance is accepting applications for the third wave of its QUEST® Comparative Effectiveness & Innovation Program (QCEIP). Suppliers volunteer to participate in the program to evaluate products and clinical interventions in real-world settings at Premier member hospitals.

QCEIP generates objective results to inform providers and patients about safe, cost-effective treatments for certain clinical conditions. It also helps the healthcare community better understand patient outcomes associated with the use of certain products.

According to Bill Zeruld, vice president of Premier Research Services™, "We’re working with our member hospitals to accelerate patient access to innovative, safe and efficient products and technologies. Testing these products and clinical interventions in real-world settings is critical to ensuring care delivery is reliable and provided at the best possible cost.”

Any healthcare supplier nationwide is eligible to join QCEIP, regardless of whether the company has a supply contract with Premier. Baxter, Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics were selected to participate in the first phase of QCEIP. Results from these studies are pending peer-review and have each been selected for presentation at Premier’s Annual Breakthrough Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.

Supplier applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of hospital experts from Premier's QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, Premier's Center for Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice and Premier Research Services.

Suppliers can apply via this application form on or before the deadline of February 3, 2012.

QCEIP consists of the following:

  • Conducting a study that will correlate health outcomes to product performance using Premier's secondary data sources;
  • Creating an abstract for publication based on the results of the secondary data analysis; and
  • After clearing the peer review process, using a variety of communications channels to inform the Premier alliance and broader healthcare community of the study results.

QCEIP leverages Premier Research Services’ expertise and data from the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information to test, validate and substantiate the concepts submitted by participating suppliers. Premier Research Services and Premier data have been featured in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications.

QUEST is a voluntary collaborative consisting of 293 hospitals nationwide that share data and best practices, while identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement to achieve top performance levels. In just three years, the 157 QUEST charter member hospitals saved an estimated 24,820 lives and reduced healthcare spending by nearly $4.5 billion.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 80,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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