Premier Inc., a provider alliance, quality improvement and group purchasing organization, will use its Perspective database of 309 million hospital discharges to help hospitals predict the implications of the new health care reform law.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based organization will invest more than $86 million in the project during the next three years, funded through its operating budget. Premier will expand analysis of its discharge data, which comes from more than 2,300 hospitals and represents 25 percent of all discharges in the United States. The goal is to help member hospitals as they plan for and implement reform provisions.

The project will analyze data to predict the impact of reform, automate measures reporting, and sustain quality and cost improvements in such areas as readmissions, value-based purchasing, infection prevention, waste reduction and harm avoidance.

Premier also will further integrate existing quality improvement and supply chain services to give hospitals a more complete view of opportunities for further cost containment and improved care and safety.

Keith Figlioli, senior vice president of Premier's Healthcare Informatics division, will lead the project. More information is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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