IBM Recognizes Premier, Inc. for Big Data and Analytics

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) has been named a 2014 IBM Beacon Award winner for information management innovation using big data and analytics.

Premier was recognized for its integrated technology platform PremierConnect™, as well as its newly launched enterprise-wide analytics solution PremierConnect™ Enterprise.

Each year, the Beacon Award is given to a select number of IBM Business Partners who have delivered exceptional solutions to drive business value and transform the way their clients and industries do business.

"Throughout the world, our Business Partners deliver innovative IBM-based solutions across a variety of industries," said Marc Dupaquier, general manager, IBM Global Business Partners. "As a Beacon Award winner, Premier consistently helps their clients achieve business objectives with these winning solutions, and we're pleased to recognize them for their expertise and commitment to excellence."

More than half of the nation's hospitals have access to PremierConnect. The platform combines patient data on 1 in 4 U.S. hospital discharges, evidence-based best practices from 2.5 million daily clinical transactions, and $40 billion in annual provider purchases. PremierConnect gives providers the power to make real-time, data driven decisions.

PremierConnect Enterprise extends the capabilities of PremierConnect through cloud-based data warehousing that integrates big data from disparate systems, trusted information, collaborative development and access to expertise. Designed in collaboration with Premier member health systems, it allows providers to focus on using information to improve patient care, instead of managing data and infrastructure. PremierConnect Enterprise enables information-driven health systems that can integrate and interpret their data, any way they want to.

Learn more about Premier's innovative analytics solutions at the HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Annual Conference & Exhibition today in booth #4293.

Since 2010, Premier has been named to the InformationWeek 500, a list of the top technology innovators in the nation.

The Beacon Awards are IBM's premier Business Partner recognition program. Announced at the IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and selected by leading industry influencers and IBM executives from among hundreds of nominations, IBM's Beacon Awards recognize IBM Business Partners who have demonstrated business excellence in delivering IBM-based solutions resulting in client transformation and business growth. This year's awards recognized Business Partner achievements across 27 award categories.

PremierConnect is powered by IBM software and hardware, including the industry-leading healthcare provider data model, jointly developed with Premier.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 2,900 U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, 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; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier's blog for more information about the company.

CONTACT: Alven Weil Premier, Inc. 704.816.5797

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