Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading healthcare improvement company, has partnered with MindClick Inc., a leader in supply chain sustainability solutions, to integrate critical environmental impact data for medical and non-medical products into the purchasing process for hospitals, health systems and other provider organizations.

Premier has been the only organization to be recognized for 14 straight years as a leader in environmental excellence, receiving accolades for its commitment to collaborate with member health systems on environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) and energy efficiency initiatives, as well as daily, company-wide efforts to make informed decisions about sustainable products, services and business practices.

"A recognized leader in environmental excellence, Premier continues to set the bar in the industry for its commitment to EPP and sustainable healthcare practices," said David Hargraves, senior vice president of supply chain at Premier. "Combining Premier's technologies with MindClick's robust medical and non-medical product environmental performance analytics will empower our members to use environmentally-friendly, high-quality, high-value products and devices to better serve their communities."

Recognizing the need to provide health systems with higher quality EPP data and robust analytical solutions, Premier and MindClick's partnership integrates Premier's powerful supply chain predictive analytics with MindClick's Healthcare Sustainable Purchasing (HCSP) Index™, an automated environmental data analytics solution for suppliers, group purchasing organizations, and healthcare providers.

Premier's members will benefit from the use of environmental analytics in the contract decision process, access to an integrated robust database of product level environmental and human health impact data, and responsible sourcing benchmarking solutions to help providers quickly and easily make cost-effective, efficient sourcing and contracting decisions that support the total health of their communities.

Premier and MindClick have worked with member health systems, including Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, to incorporate critical product environmental impact information gathered through the HCSP Index. Factors like optimized packaging, responsible resources and safer chemicals are inserted into the purchasing process. In doing so, health systems are able to compare products and choose those that meet clinical needs, realize cost savings, reduce waste and support the environmental health of their entire community.

"Health systems are challenged today with delivering high quality care at reduced costs, while proactively supporting the health of their populations," said MindClick CEO JoAnna Abrams. "MindClick and Premier's partnership delivers powerful responsible purchasing intelligence to help health systems succeed. The solution lies in their supply chains, and the careful selection of high quality, cost effective products which support cleaner, healthier environments through innovative approaches to material choices, use of safer chemicals, more efficient packaging, cleaner energy use, and waste reduction."

Publicly-accessible resources on patient, worker and green issues in healthcare are available on the Premier Safety Institute website.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About MindClick, Inc.

MindClick, Inc., the leader in supply chain sustainability reporting solutions, provides a full suite of services used by global organizations to integrate health and environmental metrics into purchasing decisions. MindClick's cloud-based solutions, including the Healthcare Sustainable Purchasing Index (HCSP Index) and the Marriott Supplier Sustainability Assessment Program (MSAP) for hospitality, deliver powerful analytics combining product sustainability performance ratings, procurement spend, and economic and environmental ROI measures to help organizations buy in ways that are better for the customers and communities they serve. MindClick's big data solutions help procurement teams make more educated purchasing decisions, improve efficiency, reduce costs, and support manufacturer innovation. MindClick is based in Bend, Oregon and San Francisco. Learn more at

About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other providers. 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

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