Premier Healthcare Alliance Experts to Discuss Improving Performance in HIT, Labor and UDIs

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Healthcare experts from the Premier healthcare alliance will address the importance of integrating healthcare information technology (HIT), connecting labor with quality and adopting effective unique device identifiers this month.

Keith J. Figlioli, Premier senior vice president of Healthcare Informatics, will speak at the 2012 Accountable Care and Health IT Strategies Summit in Miami on January 19. He will discuss Premier’s work with IBM in expanding its technology platform to better integrate healthcare data across the entire continuum of care, and support performance improvement and measurement for new care delivery models.

Premier, an InformationWeek 500 top technology innovator, houses the nation’s largest compilation of clinical, financial and operational inpatient outcomes data, containing nearly 20 percent of all U.S. hospital discharges.

On January 16, Denise Hatzidakis, Premier chief technology officer, will explain how to use HIT to maintain and improve the quality of healthcare while controlling costs at IBM’s Lotusphere 2012 in Orlando, Fla.

Members of Premier collaboratives such as the QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals, Advanced Hospital Care and PACT® (Partnership for Care Transformation) use Premier data and associated applications to cost-effectively improve performance levels.

On January 18, Premier will hold a press conference to announce year three results in QUEST. QUEST’s nearly 280 hospital members are increasing adherence to evidence-based care delivery in six critical areas to improve the patient experience and avoid harm while reducing mortality, cost of care and readmissions.

In New York City, Premier senior vice president and chief information officer Joe Pleasant, will give his expert advice on adopting effective unique identifiers to mitigate time loss, confusion and mistakes among healthcare facilities at the ACI Chargebacks & Commercial Rebates Conference on January 26. In 2009, Pleasant was recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense for efforts to improve patient safety and reduce healthcare costs through data standardization.

Additionally, on January 20, Doug Miller, Premier director of Informatics operations, will discuss the connection between labor productivity and quality during a HFMA Utah chapter seminar in Salt Lake City.

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. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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