By Blair Childs, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Premier agrees with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director on the need to have contact tracers across the country to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Instead of creating a new set of government employees, state and local health departments should invest in hospitals and health systems across the country, many of which have had to furlough or lay off workers due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on their institutions. This is an accessible base of public servants who have the requisite knowledge, are committed to their communities and already work directly with patients, their caregivers and families. These trained healthcare workers can also tap into value-based initiates to ensure the wellness of patients in less costlier environments.
To effectively track surges, contact tracing efforts must also be supported by a national syndromic surveillance program that immediately identifies those likely infected. Such a system can pull in information on symptoms, comorbidities and other vital information such as race, allowing for targeted tracing and interventions to proactively prevent outbreaks. Early detection through real-time surveillance of symptoms is by far the most economical way to stem COVID-19 and would save federal, state and local governments billions in testing, contact tracing and other efforts.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals and health systems and approximately 175,000 other providers and organizations to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and consulting and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier 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 www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.