Premier Inc., a provider alliance, quality improvement and group purchasing organization, will collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop technologies for predicting central-line associated bloodstream infections.

These infections are associated with the use of catheters in large veins. Under the initiative, Premier and the CDC will analyze specific traits of positive blood cultures across a subset of Premier's 2,300 member hospitals to develop an automated electronic surveillance tool to predict the presence of such infections. Researchers at Stroger (Cook County) Hospital in Chicago will evaluate the effectiveness of the tool in a real-world setting.

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