Published on 07-Dec-2011
Validated on 12 Nov 2013
"We feel that that ability to be integrated from all the way to the database all the way up the entire stack of technology is a really important piece for us. The second piece is the flexibility and the modular nature of the overall system. Premier and IBM are working together from a joint development agreement, that is very cognizant of the issues and the challenges that our members are facing day to day in their operations." - Keith Figlioli, SVP Healthcare Informatics, Premier healthcare alliance
Premier healthcare alliance
Database Management, Data Warehouse, Smarter Computing, Smarter Planet
IBM Business Partner:
Premier healthcare alliance and its members are transforming healthcare, serving approximately 2,900 U.S. community hospitals and 100,000 alternate sites.
Premier is undertaking a groundbreaking initiative that will help hospitals, doctors and other health providers to identify which treatments benefit patients the most. As Premier executives looked to execute this vision, they recognized that the company’s existing technical infrastructure could not support the new model. Over the years, Premier had developed a series of “siloed” applications that made it difficult for members to connect different data sources and metrics and see the “big picture” of how to drive healthcare change.
With assistance from IBM and IBM Premier Business Partner, Perficient, Inc., Premier developed a completely new IT strategy, using a software as a service (SaaS) model based on the IBM Health Integration Framework. The platform brings together information from all areas of the healthcare system, aggregates it, normalizes it, and benchmarks it, so it can impact performance while the patient is in the hospital or physician’s office. The new platform is built on IBM Power and IBM PureSystems offerings along with IBM Cognos, DB2, FileNet, InfoSphere, Rational, Security and WebSphere software.
Offers potentially enormous benefits for saving lives, helping people enjoy healthier lives, and reducing healthcare costs. 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; Helps providers better identify which treatments will enable their patients to live longer, healthier lives; Supports Premier members’ work to address healthcare reform and other legislative requirements.
Premier healthcare alliance and IBM are analyzing patient data from 2,500 hospitals and 73,000 clinics to determine the best treatments, reduce waste, and improve the overall health of the population.
Keith Figlioli, Senior Vice President Healthcare Informatics at Premier healthcare alliance
When you start thinking of all the various human handoffs that take place in the health care delivery process, it is complex.
You ultimately have to manage people. You also have to manage the knowledge or the communication within those people. And really, in this day and age, you are managing the underlying technology that helps you deal with all those issues…And that’s really what we are about – people, knowledge, and technology.
To address a lot of these challenges, one of the things that the Alliance has decided to do is put together…a project that we call Project Symphony.
Project Symphony in its most simple form is really having the ability to take information or data from any area of the health care system, aggregate it, benchmark it and actually impact performance in the health care system, and doing that in almost a near real time way…
You have an issue that the physician looks at you and says, “Listen, we really need to get you into the hospital…Rather than an automatic transition…a lot of times your typical physician’s grabbing your information and looking at all your data again…But who is taking a step back and saying what's really happening across that entire episode?
Somehow, someway we have got to automate those means so we focus on what matters, which is that clinician-to-patient exchange…
Project Symphony is an understanding of what's happening at a trend level across an episode back to that individual to say what's really happening and are we putting the right care plans or care protocols in place to ensure the best possible outcomes.
The nice thing about what we are doing with IBM is that we are truly partnered to deliver a full solution to the health care market…
…and we feel that that ability to be integrated from all the way to the database all the way up the entire stack of technology is a really important piece for us. The second piece is the flexibility and the modular nature of the overall system.
Premier and IBM are working together from a joint development agreement, that is very cognizant of the issues and the challenges…that our members are facing day to day in their operations.
When I think about my two children…I think about what's their life going to be like…and what it means for them to live in a society…that actually has figured this out, that has dealt with the complexities of the health care system and solved it.
And I think we all fundamentally believe that we want to transform it, and we want to make it better so every single patient gets the ideal care that they really deserve as an individual, as a human.
Products and services used
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition, InfoSphere Warehouse, Cognos 8 Go! Dashboard, IBM Connections, WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment, MQSeries Everyplace, Rational Software Architect, Tivoli Access Manager for Business Integration, Tivoli Security Information and Event Manager