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Devices Monitoring Group Purchasing

 News Release - February 28, 2012

Nihon Kohden America Earns Physiological Monitoring Contract from Premier healthcare alliance

Nihon Kohden can help hospitals within the alliance meet clinical quality as well as financial objectives

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network)--Nihon Kohden America, a market leader in patient monitoring innovation, is among three elite patient monitoring companies to win a three-year physiological monitoring group purchasing contract with the Premier healthcare alliance. Premier is a performance-improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000 other healthcare sites using collaboration to lead the transformation to high-quality, cost-effective care. The contract will commence on March 1, 2012.

“We thank Premier for recognizing Nihon Kohden’s unique value proposition and leadership in monitoring innovation,” said Mike Dashefsky, vice president, Nihon Kohden America. “For Nihon Kohden to be one of only three vendors awarded a national group purchasing organization (GPO) monitoring contract speaks to the integrity and relevance of our enterprise monitoring solutions, such as the Prefense™ Early Detection and Notification System™. We embrace this opportunity to increase adoption of our solutions among Premier members and give hospitals, health systems and other providers the ability to improve healthcare quality while controlling costs.”

In addition to Nihon Kohden, Premier awarded the physiological monitoring contract to GE and Philips. Previously, Nihon Kohden was one among five vendors. Premier narrowed the field during this proposal process. As one of the largest GPOs in the country, Premier alliance members select the most promising technologies and most credible vendors that present a balanced solution between improving the quality of patient care while reducing escalating costs within the healthcare system today.

Nihon Kohden’s suite of enterprise monitoring solutions enables hospitals to focus on quality while avoiding the costs associated with adverse events. Defensive Monitoring yields an improvement in quality of care while protecting a hospital’s bottom line. The Prefense Early Detection & Notification System closes the gap between the time when the patient’s condition starts to deteriorate and a clinician is alerted, enabling quicker interventions at the point of care.

About Nihon Kohden America, Patient Monitoring Division

Nihon Kohden America was founded in 1979 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Nihon Kohden Corporation, Japan (founded in 1951). Nihon Kohden is a market leader in patient monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation. Its products are distributed to hospitals, physician’s practices, mobile services, and outpatient and surgery centers throughout North America. Its patient monitoring solutions span the continuum of care and include products for bedside, transport, central stations, telemetry and Defensive Monitoring. Frost & Sullivan recognized Nihon Kohden’s innovative technology with its 2008 North American Hospital Wireless Patient Monitoring Product Innovation Award. Find more information about Nihon Kohden

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 81,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington.

Source: Nihon Kohden

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