IBM (NYSE: IBM) is teaming up with Charlotte-based Premier to develop a technology platform targeting improvements in the healthcare industry.

The premier health alliance covers more than 2,400 hospitals as well as medical practices and other healthcare sites.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

The program is intended to cut down on waste and develop new methods of delivering care as required by healthcare reform legislation.

Goals include improving patient safety while also cutting down on procedure overuse, readmission and other problems.

“For the first time, all members in the healthcare system will be able to easily access data that is consistent and unified to help reduce preventable harm and waste,” said Susan DeVore, Premier’s chief executive officer. “This has been the missing link in helping move the mark on evidence-based medicine by using new insight to transform the quality and cost-effectiveness of care. It’s a win-win-win for providers, patients and payors – care is more effective, people are happier and spend less time in care settings, and excess costs are reduced.”

Premier already works with 25 health systems and more than 90 hospitals as part of an Accountable Care Implementation Collaborative.

“Without access to this data, the majority of providers simply cannot offer the type of accountable care that regulations require and patients deserve,” said Dan Pelino, general manager for IBM healthcare and life sciences.

Premier is based in Charlotte with offices in San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

IBM employs some 10,000 people in RTP.

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