Premier Healthcare Alliance Launches Next Wave of Comparative Effectiveness Research Program to Determine Safest, Most Eff

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Premier healthcare alliance has launched the second wave of a voluntary program evaluating products and clinical interventions in real-world settings at Premier member hospitals.

The goal of the QUEST® Comparative Effectiveness & Innovation Program (QCEIP) is to generate objective results to inform providers and patients about safe, cost-effective treatments for certain clinical conditions. It will also help the provider community better understand patient outcomes associated with the use of certain products.

Health reform established the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to prioritize and fund comparative effectiveness research. The aim of comparative effectiveness research – and QCEIP – is to improve health outcomes by developing and disseminating evidence-based information about the effectiveness of treatments relative to other options.

All suppliers nationwide are eligible to join QCEIP, regardless of whether the company has a supply contract with Premier. Baxter International Inc., Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics were selected to participate in the first phase of QCEIP. Supplier applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of hospital representatives from Premier’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals collaborative, Premier’s Center for Evidence-Based Pharmacy Practice and Premier Research Services™.

“To drive the quality, safety and cost improvements needed in healthcare, it is imperative that products and clinical interventions are tested in real-world settings by providers,” said Bill Zeruld, vice president of Premier Research Services. “We have tasked our member hospitals to partner with us as we work to inform providers, suppliers and the general public of the most effective and economical care available.”

Premier is currently accepting applications for the second wave of QCEIP. All healthcare suppliers can apply via this application form. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2011.

QCEIP will leverage 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 the suppliers. Premier Research Services and Premier data have been featured in more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

In selecting the products to be evaluated, each applicant’s “change concept” will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Importance of change concept to hospitals;
  • Importance of change concept to improving healthcare; and
  • Feasibility – Premier’s ability to complete the study leveraging our current data sources.

The program will consist 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.

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Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,400 U.S. hospitals and 72,000-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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