Premier Anesthesia is a Finalist for the Intel Innovation Award 2011

Atlanta, GA November 7, 2011 - Premier, a national anesthesia management and consulting company, was selected as one of four finalists for the inaugural 2011 Intel Innovation Awards part of the 2011 Health IT leadership Summit that took place in Atlanta. Premier Anesthesia was recognized for its technology initiative in developing teleanesthesia, a revolutionary leap forward in the anesthesia service realm. The Intel Innovation award recognizes the development of cutting-edge technology and exceptional innovation to improve healthcare delivery and processes.

The 2011 Health IT Summit placed a special emphasis on innovation, with the presentation of the inaugural Intel Innovation Award. The Award recognizes the health IT companies who use technology in innovative ways. With attendance records of upwards of 500, representing over 100 leading health IT companies, the Summit rates as one of the nation's foremost health IT events in Atlanta, Georgia, the 'capital' of healthcare technology.

Premier Anesthesia developed teleanesthesia in response to the current nationwide shortage of anesthesiologists. Rural hospitals and their patients will realize the greatest positive impact by removing geography as a roadblock to high quality, "local" surgical services. The ability to connect any patient, anywhere, to an anesthesiologist will cost-effectively improve patient care and safety. Provider productivity and efficiency grows exponentially as each anesthesiologist is able to supervise multiple operating rooms in different areas simultaneously through a centralized monitoring station. By maximizing provider productivity, the hospital operating room efficiency is positively impacted. "Teleanesthesia is a game changer. It addresses the fact that there is a shortage of anesthesiologists which will only increase as times goes on. Surgical sites are on the increase and coupled with an aging population which will require more surgeries, healthcare is facing a real anesthesia delivery crisis" says Kerry Teel, President of Premier Anesthesia.