Premier, Inc. Invites Suppliers to Showcase Healthcare Advances at National Conference

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) has opened the application period for suppliers to participate in its sixth annual Innovation Celebration.

A healthcare performance improvement alliance, Premier hosts the Innovation Celebration each year to recognize advances in healthcare and suppliers committed to improving patient outcomes.

Premier contracts with more than 1,000 suppliers; however any supplier or life sciences organization is invited to participate in the Innovation Celebration. Suppliers can apply online to showcase their innovative medical device, pharmaceutical or method of care.

Featured during Premier's annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, the Innovation Celebration provides an intimate setting for Premier members to interact and engage with the industry's most cutting-edge companies and their revolutionary developments. Next year's event will be held June 10-13, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.

All innovations are selected by a committee of clinicians and other Premier alliance members based on their ability to positively impact the healthcare industry. Basic criteria for selection include solutions that display uniqueness, as well as their ability to impact an unmet medical need.

Products that allow patients to monitor their health at home using cloud-based technology, support the development of premature babies, and use predictive analytics to manage medications are examples of innovative solutions that were showcased at Premier's 2013 Innovation Celebration.

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Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) is a healthcare performance improvement alliance helping hospitals and health systems provide better patient care while reducing costs. The alliance consists of approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites of care. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.

CONTACT: Alven Weil Premier healthcare alliance 704.816.5797

Source:Premier, Inc.