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Premier Brings PINC AI™ Clinical Surveillance Technology to Long-Term Care Facilities

Premier unveils PINC AI™ solution designed specifically for long-term care facilities to bridge the digital divide for those with exposures during the COVID-19 pandemic

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— June 13, 2022 —PINC AI™, the technology and services platform of Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), today announced it is extending its technological capabilities to long-term care (LTC) facilities, providing the same level of clinical surveillance used in the acute setting.

Paper records and low-tech methods of collecting data and coordinating patient care are still widely used in LTC facilities. It has become evident, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, that LTC facilities need robust, clean and actionable data in order to better prevent infections and provide high-quality care to their residents. In fact, due to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19, over one in five COVID-19 deaths occurred in a LTC facility since March 2020.

“Long-term care facilities are a vital aspect of the United States' healthcare system, serving one of the country's fastest-growing and most vulnerable populations,” said Craig Barrett, Senior Product Director at Premier. “We have already successfully implemented our technology in acute care settings, learning a tremendous amount along the way. We are excited to bring this expertise to an area that has historically been left behind when it comes to tech adoption.”

PINC AI™ clinical surveillance capabilities provide a comprehensive, real-time workflow solution for infection preventionists and clinical pharmacists. The technology can help detect, manage, control and alert to improper treatment of infection-related conditions during COVID-19 and beyond by enabling:

  • Automated alerts, including COVID-specific alerts, for patients suspected or confirmed for infections.
  • Automated flags on patient records to allow for robust tracking of patients in an outbreak group.
  • Comprehensive documentation forms, including a custom set specific to COVID-19 and routine infections such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff) and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Electronic submission of infections to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) system.

Infection prevention has never been more crucial in the LTC setting due to the emergence of COVID-19. Regulations have been issued that require routine screening and reporting of COVID-19 cases, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now requires reporting the data to NHSN.

Most LTC facilities do not have a centralized or dedicated infection prevention team, which, combined with the additional reporting requirements, increases the need for electronic health records (EHRs) and clinical surveillance technology to provide the data required to help prevent and control infection in at-risk populations.

“PINC AI™ is dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life of the most vulnerable in our communities,” said Robin Carver, Vice President of Member Engagement at Premier. “As a certified infection preventionist, I’m excited to work with long-term care facilities to help them leverage the power of data to improve patient care.”

PINC AI™ clinical surveillance technology designed for LTC is scheduled to be available beginning in October of 2022.

About the PINC AI™ Platform

PINC AI™ is the technology and services platform of Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC). Made up of 20 years’ worth of cost, quality and operational data gleaned from 45 percent of U.S. hospital discharges, as well as 812 million hospital outpatient and clinic encounters and 131 million physician office visits, the PINC AI™ platform provides actionable intelligence that improves outcomes, supports improved financial performance and enables success in new, alternative payment models. PINC AI™ offerings rely on advanced analytics to identify improvement opportunities, consulting services for clinical and operational design, and workflow solutions to hardwire sustainable change. PINC AI™ is also the data engine powering Premier’s newest brands – Remitra™ and Contigo Health®. With a leading network of provider organizations, the PINC AI™ platform accelerates ingenuity and serves as a large-scale innovation catalyst in healthcare. PINC AI™ offerings and capabilities can be followed on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,400 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 225,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.

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