Premier strikes CRM deals with Medtronic, Boston Scientific, others

Group purchasing organization Premier Healthcare Alliance struck a deal with 4 major players in the cardiac device market for several cardiac rhythm management device portfolios.

Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX), Biotronik, Medtronic (NYSE:MDT), and Oscor have all agreed to make certain CRM devices available to customers in the Premier network.

According to a prepared statement, the deal took effect on February 1 and will expand the variety of CRM therapies available to Premier members.

In a separate deal that also took effect on Feb.1, Premier inked out an agreement for various surgical supply instruments. The Charlotte, N.C.-based GPO has 2,700 member hospitals and 90,000 other patient sites.

 HealthTrust hammers out deal for sports medicine devices
Brentwood, Tenn..-based group purchasing organization HealthTrust will now provide new cold therapy products to its members. Breg, a sports medicine device and services manufacture based in Carlsbad, Calif., was awarded the cold therapy product contract, which will extend to HealthTrust’s 1,400 acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory care centers.

Earlier this month, HealthTrust struck a deal with Teleflex and Ivera Medical for ligation products.

 Polish hospitals choose Nonin’s monitoring device for 5 pediatric centers
Nonin Medical’s Equanox oxygen-monitoring device will be used in 5 pediatric hospitals in Poland: Silesian Medical University, Hospital of Krakow, University Children’s Hospital of Krakow, University Clinical Hospital 4 of Lodz and the Gynecology & Obstetrics Clinical Hospital of the Poznan Medical University.

Nonin’s device is a finger pulse monitor that measures low oxygen levels in the brain. The deal was eked out based largely on the efforts of the Great Orchestra Christmas Charity, a non-government, non-profit Polish organization that raised money to purchase this device for use in these 5 hospitals.

"We are pleased that Polish healthcare officials value accuracy and ease-of-use in selecting a cerebral and somatic oximetry system for their pediatric hospitals,"  Kevin McGowan, Sales VP for Nonin, said in a statement.

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