Premier Healthcare Alliance Names AeroScout Exclusive Provider of RFID Asset Tracking, Management Solutions for ASCEND Program

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following the recent announcement of an agreement between Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., and AeroScout, the Premier healthcare alliance announced today that it has selected AeroScout as the sole source provider of RFID Asset Tracking and Management solutions for Premier's ASCENDTM program. The three-year agreement covers AeroScout's Wi-Fi RTLS healthcare visibility solutions for all ASCEND members. AeroScout's solutions will leverage ASCEND members' standard Wi-Fi networks and offer a broad range of applications and capabilities that deliver strong returns for hospital organizations.

ASCEND (Accelerated Supply Chain Endeavor) is designed to help healthcare providers achieve and sustain rapid improvements in supply chain performance. It also assists Premier alliance member hospitals in ongoing efforts to control and reduce costs through simplified purchasing processes, appropriate clinical utilization and specially negotiated contracts. More than 90 participants that represent approximately $2.7 billion in supply chain purchasing volume and close to 24,000 hospital beds are collaborating to share best practices in supply chain efficiency as a part of the program.

"Premier and ASCEND are committed to providing members with systems and solutions that improve quality, heighten safety, manage risk and reduce costs," said Mike Alkire, President of Premier Purchasing Partners.

AeroScout addresses the entire set of visibility application requirements of hospital organizations in the most comprehensive and cost efficient manner. With AeroScout's scalable Unified Asset Visibility solutions, customers can work with a single, proven provider and implement one platform for all current and future asset, patient and staff visibility needs. AeroScout's solutions include real-time Asset Management, Equipment Maintenance and Humidity & Temperature Monitoring and are exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association.

"We're proud to be the exclusive provider of RFID Asset Tracking and Management Solutions for Premier's ASCEND program," said Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. "This selection reinforces AeroScout's position as the top vendor in the category and the market, and we look forward to working with ASCEND hospitals toward the common goal of improving operational performance as well as overall patient safety and care."

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About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

The Premier healthcare alliance is more than 2,200 U.S. hospitals and 63,000-plus other healthcare sites working together to improve healthcare quality and affordability. 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 works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Premier has offices in San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. Follow Premier on Twitter.

About AeroScout

AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. For more information, please visit