Eighteen new medical innovations will be featured during a national program focusing on innovation and performance improvement in healthcare.
The Premier healthcare alliance’s Innovation Celebration recognizes advances in healthcare by highlighting innovations of industry suppliers that are committed to improving patient outcomes. The innovations focus on issues ranging from newborn safety and preventing healthcare-associated infections to electronic medical record interoperability.
See below for a list of innovations.
“These new devices and products have the potential to substantially impact the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of care,” said Premier Purchasing Partners President Mike Alkire. “All of the Innovation Celebration participants share Premier’s commitment to provide innovative and valuable products and services to benefit our nation’s healthcare providers and the patients they serve.”
Participants in the third annual Innovation Celebration will be featured before 4,000 healthcare providers and experts on Tuesday, June 14, at the 2011 Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville, Tenn.
All innovations were selected by a committee of clinicians and other Premier alliance members based on the ability to positively impact the healthcare industry. Basic criteria for selection included solutions that displayed uniqueness, as well as those that impact an unmet medical need.
All suppliers, regardless of whether the company is contracted with Premier, can be considered for participation in the Innovation Celebration. Overall, Premier contracts with more than 800 suppliers.
2011 Innovation Celebration participants
Abbott Diagnostics Division (NYSE: ABT)
Assists in the diagnosis of HIV-1/HIV-2 infection.
Provides rapid, automated microbial identification (currently available as a Research Use Only (RUO) product).
Automates the process of monitoring vital indicator data related to urine output, fluid management and core body temperature to support timely treatment interventions.
Clear Advantage Collar
A transparent cervical collar that allows for continuous assessment of neck injuries.
GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE)
A transportable power source that connects to incubators and warmers, allowing for intra-hospital transport of newborn babies.
A vascular access device surgically implanted under the skin to create access for hemodialysis.
Linet Americas Inc.
Standard-sized bed platform with a programmable lateral rotation frame that helps to maintain and continuously improve the function of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
“Third arm assistant” for surgeons that positions the patient’s arm in orthopedic or trauma procedures.
Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI)
A palm-sized handheld device that spot checks hemoglobin in less than one minute.
Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT)
The first and only pacing system in the U.S. safe for use in magnetic resonance imaging systems with pacemaker patients.
An instrument that employs magnetic endoscopic imaging to help GI physicians, colorectal surgeons and nurses visualize the colonoscope as it travels through the colon during a colonoscopy.
Philips Healthcare (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI)
Improves patient surveillance by transmitting vital signs information to a central nurse’s station to help clinicians with the early identification of deteriorating conditions.
Sundance Enterprises Inc.
A specially designed positioning product to help caregivers with premature infants.
TomoTherapy Inc. (NASDAQ: TOMO)
Combines a CT scanner and a linear accelerator for the delivery of image-guided, intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ)
Provides the speeds necessary for real-time transfer of files and information.
Provides wireless transmission of patient vitals data from the point of care into the patient chart in the EMR.
Allows healthcare providers to predict and track wounds by using personalized patient health data and infrared thermographic images.
Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX)
Software tool developed in France that reviews electronic medical records and has the ability to quickly predict the likelihood that patient has acquired a healthcare-associated infection during his or her stay in the hospital, while protecting private patient and physician data.
About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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