TEMPE, ARIZONA--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2011) - Kinetic Muscles, Inc. (www.kineticmuscles.com), an innovator of stroke rehabilitation therapies, announced that it has entered an agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., to provide state-of-the-art stroke rehabilitation products to Premier's 2,500 member hospitals and 75,000 other healthcare sites at specially negotiated pricing and terms.
Kinetic Muscles produces the Hand Mentor™ and Foot Mentor™ therapy robots which have been clinically shown to help patients recover function following stroke or traumatic brain injury. More than 150 leading neurorehabilitation clinics already use the Hand Mentor™ and Foot Mentor™ in their stroke treatment programs.
Premier Purchasing Partners is the group purchasing unit of the Premier healthcare alliance dedicated to helping its member organizations improve clinical and operational performance through the introduction of innovative medical technology, products, and services.
More recently, Premier has taken a leadership role in the on-going transformation of healthcare delivery by aggregating its members' experience and expertise to form Accountable Care Organization (ACO) collaboratives. Similarly, Kinetic Muscles has pro-actively integrated the Mentor line of products into the Mentor Home™ telehomecare system, creating one of the few solutions ACOs can apply to simultaneously improve outcomes and reduce cost in the important post-acute phase of the stroke care continuum.
"To our knowledge, this is the first ever introduction of neurorobotic therapy products into a national healthcare purchasing program," said Grant Farrell, President and CEO of Kinetic Muscles. "We look forward to working with Premier to make our Hand Mentor™, Foot Mentor™, and future products available to thousands of leading healthcare providers. We are also especially excited to begin delivering a solution that meshes so well with new, emerging healthcare models."
About Kinetic Muscles, Inc. www.kineticmuscles.com
For over a decade, Kinetic Muscles has worked to address the unmet rehabilitation needs of patients suffering from stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and partial spinal cord injury. As a pioneer and thought leader in the field, Kinetic Muscles merges digital, robotic, and telemedicine technologies with the most up-to-date discoveries in neurorehabilitation science to provide solutions that are both practical and clinically effective. The result of this long-term commitment is 'Improved Outcomes for More Patients at Lower Cost™'.
Kinetic Muscles products are used in leading rehabilitation clinics and by a growing number of patients in the home setting. Hand Mentor™, Foot Mentor™, Mentor Home™, and Active Repetitive Motion™ are trademarks of Kinetic Muscles.
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About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient
Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000 other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com.