Life Sciences Organizations Collaborating to Support Providers Forming New Care Delivery Models

  Life Sciences Organizations Collaborating to Support Providers Forming New
  Care Delivery Models

Healthcare Innovators Collaborative addresses the impact of reform and
accountable care using insights from Premier healthcare alliance

Business Wire

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- March 21, 2013

To help life sciences organizations better understand ever-evolving healthcare
delivery, measurement, financing and risk, the Premier healthcare alliance has
launched the Healthcare Innovators Collaborative. The collaborative shares
knowledge from health systems nationwide that are implementing accountable
care organizations (ACOs), as well as Premier research on care coordination,
new payment models, resource utilization and more.

Five pioneering organizations specializing in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology,
medical devices, laboratory and more have already joined the collaborative,

  *ARUP Laboratories Inc., Salt Lake City;
  *Baxter, Deerfield, Ill.;
  *Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
  *Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis;
  *Integrated Healing Technologies LLC; and
  *Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. & Ethicon Inc.

"We are honored to be part of the Healthcare Innovators Collaborative,” said
Albert Rodewald, chairman and CEO of Integrated Healing Technologies LLC. “In
the ever changing healthcare landscape, it is important for us, the suppliers
of products, systems and services, to better understand the key issues of
healthcare providers, and for Premier and its members to better understand our
issues so we can jointly identify opportunities to collaborate on mutual

Charter level enrollment is limited and currently open for 14 more
organizations to join the collaborative by March 31.

“The rapid pace of change in the healthcare system is accelerating shifts in
how our customers define value, and how we engage them to help improve their
care of patients,” said Alex Azar, president of Lilly USA. “As partners in the
healthcare ecosystem, leaders in the biopharmaceutical industry need to
understand this emerging paradigm and how we can work together to cultivate
innovative approaches to patient care. The Healthcare Innovators Collaborative
will foster key dialogue on how we must all adapt to achieve our collective
goal: improved outcomes for individual patients.”

The group will provide updated information on the latest healthcare reform
topics, issues and legislation. Charter members will have access to insights
gained through Premier’s PACT™, QUEST^® and Bundled Payment Hospital and
Health System Performance Improvement collaboratives. This includes
information on:

  *Care delivery and integration changes,
  *New payment models,
  *Engagement and cost measurements,
  *Patient-centered medical homes,
  *Drug and device management,
  *Data warehousing, and
  *High-value care networks.

The Healthcare Innovators Collaborative is led by a panel of experts,
including representatives from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and
the Mark Dixon Group LLC, as well as Premier’s executive leadership.

“As crucial players in healthcare, life sciences organizations are managing in
an environment with new responsibilities, new questions and critical choices.
This type of collaboration and innovation can help aid the sharing of best
practices to identify better ways to support health systems and the
communities they serve,” said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier
Performance Partners.

To join the current charter members of the Healthcare Innovators
Collaborative, please email

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Premier is the nation’s largest performance improvement alliance of more than
2,800 U.S. hospitals and 92,000 other sites using the power of collaboration
and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality,
cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading
purchasing network with nearly $5 billion in annual savings. Premier also
maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4
patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care,
Premier has the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America,
including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in
Washington. Stay connected with Premier on
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