Provider alliance Premier Inc. is substantially expanding its database capabilities using integration, analytics and data warehouse technologies from IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier will add outpatient data to its existing database of more than 300 million hospital discharges, previously known as Perspective. Outpatient data will include diagnosis, treatment, outcomes, and supply and labor costs, among other information. The expanded database will feed data to Premier's safety, quality improvement, labor and supply management software products, with some data from the products flowing to the expanded database.

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