August 12, 2008

Hospitals, Healthcare Providers to Save With Premier’s New Agreements for Obstetrical Data Decision Support IT Systems

Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, today announced new agreements for obstetrical data decision support IT systems with ECMI Holdings Inc. (formerly known as E&C Medical Intelligence Inc.) of New York and LMS Medical Systems Inc. of Montreal.

The new Premier contract category includes software and improvement systems specifically designed to address best practices and to provide real-time risk management support in the perinatal period.

The 36-month contracts, effective May 1, 2008, are available to acute care and continuum of care members of the Premier healthcare alliance.

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Serving more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals and 53,000-plus other healthcare sites, the Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare together. Owned by not-for-profit hospitals, Premier operates one of the leading healthcare purchasing networks and the nation's most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information. A subsidiary operates one of the nation's largest policy-holder owned, hospital professional liability risk-retention groups. 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 & Medicaid Services to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and Washington. For more information, visit