Helping healthcare providers deliver the best possible care to their patients

Published on 11 Jun 2012

When I think about my children, I think about what it will mean for them to live in a society that has solved the complexities of the healthcare system so that no matter where they live, no matter what they do, no matter what condition they have, they can have the best possible care.

Keith Figlioli, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Informatics, Premier

Premier, Inc.


Deployment country
United States



“Siloed” applications made it difficult for Premier healthcare alliance members to connect different data sources and metrics and see the “big picture” of how to drive healthcare transformation. To address this challenge, Premier is implementing a high-performance, integrated warehouse of trusted information that enables its members to analyze data and identify best practices to improve patient health while safely reducing healthcare costs.

Business need
Serving approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites, the Premier healthcare alliance is undertaking a groundbreaking initiative that will help hospitals, doctors and other health providers to identify which treatments benefit patients the most so that no matter where patients live, or are treated, they can be assured the best care.

An industry first decision support platform enables member organizations to gain a “big picture” of cost and quality of care to support evidence-based clinical practices. With comprehensive analysis of clinical, operational and supply chain data from thousands of healthcare organizations, physicians have unprecedented access to best practices and can match patient care protocols with clinical outcomes to improve patient care.

The potential benefits for saving lives, helping people enjoy healthier lives, and reducing healthcare costs are staggering. In one Premier project, approximately 330 participating hospitals saved an estimated 92,000 lives while reducing healthcare spending by USD9.13 billion since its inception in 2008. They also provided approximately 80,000 additional patients with evidence-based care for the clinical conditions assessed.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

PureData System for Analytics N2001-005, WebSphere Portal, InfoSphere Information Analyzer, InfoSphere QualityStage, DB2 pureScale Feature for Enterprise Server Edition, IBM Connections, FileNet Content Manager, Rational Application Developer, InfoSphere Information Server, InfoSphere DataStage, InfoSphere Master Data Management, DB2 for Linux UNIX and Windows, InfoSphere Master Data Management Advanced Edition, InfoSphere Master Data Management Standard Edition, IBM Web Content Manager, Cognos Business Intelligence, InfoSphere Master Data Management Server, WebSphere DataPower Appliances, IBM Security Identity Manager, IBM Security Access Manager, IBM Operational Decision Manager

Power 740 AIX Solution Edition, Power 750, Power 770

Information Agenda Engagement

PureData System for Analytics (powered by Netezza technology), PureSystems, , IBM Analytics, Business Process Management (BPM), Enterprise Content Management, Enterprise Modernization, Smarter Computing, Smarter Planet, Exceptional Digital Experience

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