By Mike Alkire, President, Premier Inc.
Premier applauds today’s announcement augmenting the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) for future pandemics. The expansion of the SNS aligns with Premier’s recommendations to bolster the types of medical supplies in the stockpile, ensure a 90-day supply for all product categories and work with the private sector to rotate inventory.
Moving forward, Premier believes the SNS can be strengthened by creating a streamlined and efficient process for accessing product from the SNS, reporting distributions made from the SNS, and working with organizations such as Premier to help aggregate purchasing volume and keep prices competitive.
Regarding the development of an IT systems, rather than reinventing the wheel, the government should look to proven, private sector solutions that predict needed supplies and resources in a pandemic. These technologies exist today and can be deployed nationwide.
Working together in a public-private manner, Premier looks forward to working with the government to develop a cohesive and holistic national strategy for augmenting the SNS and ensuring preparedness.
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.