San Diego, Calif.-based Premier Inc. health alliance on Wednesday launched a new three-year initiative designed to help test health care technologies in the field, Health Data Management reports. Under the QUEST Supplier Innovation Program, 150 Premier member hospitals participating in the QUEST High Performing Hospitals Initiative will implement a number of new technologies selected by a multidisciplinary volunteer panel. The program is open to all suppliers, medical device manufacturers and other technical developers, and the panel will continuously accept new concepts to ensure the program remains current with the latest innovations. The Charter Member hospitals will test, validate and substantiate each product, measuring the effectiveness against QUEST-developed metrics that address mortality ratio, evidence-based care quality, efficiency, patient experience and harm avoidance. According to the president of Premier Purchasing Partners, the program will “track and test the efficacy and safety outcomes of new technologies from a cost, quality and efficiency standpoint.” Premier’s chief operating officer adds that the program’s goal, akin to the goal of QUEST itself, “is to provide a collaborative approach through which we can achieve rapid improvements in quality, and speed access to proven, safe and effective technologies” (Health Data Management, 4/16/08; Premier release, 4/16/08).