Fairview earns national award for supply chain

June 25, 2013
Fairview Health Services is one of two national winners of the Premier healthcare alliance’s seventh annual Supply Chain Innovation Award.

Premier, a provider-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 hospitals and 95,000 other care sites across the nation, honors select member hospitals each year for their innovative work in creating new levels of performance to deliver high-value, cost-effective care.
Addressing the use of ‘big data’
“We needed to help address our organization’s use of ‘big data,’ so we created a business intelligence department led by a data analyst and two health economics and decision support staff,” says John Carrico, Fairview system director of supply chain operations.

“They build synergy between internal and external resources, making comprehensive economic assessments about current and future health care interventions,” he adds. “The team brings value to our organization by providing support of knowledge synthesis and evaluation of alternatives for decision makers.”

Carrico and his colleagues accepted the award at Premier’s 2013 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio on June 12.

“These innovations are already driving supply chain improvement at Premier alliance member hospitals,” says Durral R. Gilbert, Premier president of Supply Chain Services. “We celebrate Fairview’s continued successes as they work to provide high-value care at the best possible cost.”

The award recognizes organizations that have worked with Premier to implement improvement ideas throughout the Premier alliance. Winning ideas—such as new products, programs, services, processes and tools—must be in place and already creating value to be considered.

Fairview Northland Medical Center also recognized
Fairview Northland Medical Center, in Princeton, Minn., also was recognized by Premier on June 12 when it received a Premier QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare—Citation of Merit.

The award recognizes QUEST hospitals that achieve top performance in any four of the six dimensions of QUEST: evidence-based care, mortality, cost of care, harm, patient experience and readmissions.

One of the nation’s largest performance improvement alliances
The Premier healthcare alliance was the recipient of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. It is an alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and 95,000 other care sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care.

Owned by health care providers, Premier operates a leading purchasing network that provided members more than $5 billion in savings last year. A world leader in measurably improving patient care, Premier, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.,  has one of the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America, including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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