Merck, Premier partner to tackle C. diff: 4 things to know

Premier is expanding an existing partnership with Merck to address Clostridium difficile infections in hospitals.

Here are four things to know:

1. Merck and Premier first partnered in 2016 to co-develop and test healthcare improvement solutions for specific groups of at-risk patients.

2. Under the new initiative, the companies will create a software-based platform to offer surveillance, consultation, support and education to C. diff patients, in conjunction with a care coordinator.

"The goal is to increase patient access to healthcare services, raise awareness of how to decrease patient risk of recurrence and help patients identify if they are having a recurrence," said Premier.

3. Merck and Premier will test the improvement initiative at participating Premier member health systems.

4. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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