On Thursday, the Premier healthcare alliance launched a virtual community designed to help more than 100,000 health care providers share best practices and data on patient outcomes, Computerworld reports.
The PremierConnect network will allow executives and physicians at Premier's 2,600 member hospitals to collaborate online in communities of common interest (Mearian, Computerworld, 6/7).
About the Project
Premier said the network will integrate clinical, financial and operational databases that contain information on nearly one-fourth of U.S. patient admissions and more than $40 billion in annual health care purchases (Spoerl, Becker's Hospital Review, 6/7). Information in the databases will be updated every 30 days to ensure that it is current.
In addition, the network continuously will pull data from electronic health record systems at more than 325 hospitals.
Premier also plans to make its quality, labor, safety and supply chain applications available through the network to help physicians make decisions based on a combination of quality, safety and cost data (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 6/8).