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nSpire Health Awarded Three-Year Agreement With Premier Group Purchasing Organization

July 1, 2008

nSpire Health announced today a three-year contract with Premier Group Purchasing. The dual source agreement offers Premier customer hospitals and clinics exclusive access to nSpire Health’s broad range of respiratory products and services, including the newly released HDpft(TM) pulmonary function testing systems and metabolic diagnostic instrumentation, through July 1, 2011.

With the added benefits of HDpft, Premier’s customers will be able to take advantage of several new advancements in lung function diagnostics and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including iFlow(TM), nSpire Health’s newest development in flow sensor technology. iFlow ensures flow & volume measuring accuracy and reproducibility at more than three time the industry standard, while nSight(TM) software streamlines testing, delivering the industry’s fastest start-to-finish exam times. Consistent with nSpire Health’s vision of revolutionizing the way the world detects and treats respiratory diseases, HDpft technology identifies smaller changes in lung function sooner.

“nSpire Health is pleased to continue supporting the Premier membership with advanced and emerging technologies,” states Steven Bartley, Director of National Accounts for nSpire Health. “I am confident that our agreement, coupled with nSpire Health’s emphasis and commitment to customer satisfaction, will facilitate Premier’s on-going mission to improve the health of communities.”

Since pioneering the Drinker-Collins(TM) Iron Lung in the 1920′s, through decades of innovations including the original Volume Displacement Spirometer(TM), the KoKo(R) gold standard clinical trial spirometer, the first precision PFT Micro Gas Analyzer, and the only ZAN Inbar/Wasserman Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test Interpreter, to the life saving power of the PiKo(R) Lung Health Home Monitor in the 2000′s, nSpire Health remains dedicated to revolutionizing the way the world detects and treats respiratory diseases.

About nSpire Health

nSpire Health develops and manufactures respiratory care products and provides related services in over 100 countries. The company is focused on cardiopulmonary diagnostics, respiratory core lab services, and disease management solutions designed to improve health care productivity while increasing the overall quality of patient care. nSpire Health is the exclusive provider of PiKo(R) home health monitors and HDpft(TM) systems, the most accurate and precise pulmonary function testing systems worldwide.

About Premier

Headquartered in San Diego, Premier Inc. operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation’s most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. Premier is owned by not-for-profit hospitals and serves more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and nearly 50,000 other healthcare sites. A world leader in helping healthcare providers deliver dramatic improvements in care, Premier is working with the United Kingdom’s National Health Service North West and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Premier’s core purpose is “To improve the health of communities” and has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia, and Washington.

For more information visit www.premierinc.com




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