2018 Innovation Celebration Winners

2018 Innovation Celebration

This year, nine cutting-edge healthcare products and groundbreaking startup companies were showcased at the Premier’s annual Innovation Celebration.

Showcased during Premier’s Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, Innovation Celebration provides an intimate setting for Premier members to interact and engage with the industry’s most cutting-edge companies and their revolutionary developments.

HOLOGIC—SmartCurve Breast Stabilization System

Pain is the #1 complaint during mammograms, and fear of pain prevents many women from making regular mammography appointments a priority. Not only can this have a negative impact on patient volume and satisfaction scores, but it can put women at risk of a cancer being missed, or diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
The SmartCurve™ breast stabilization system addresses this challenge and provides a better patient experience. In fact, 93% of women who experience pain during a mammogram found the SmartCurve system to be much more comfortable.

CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS—Aplio iSeries: i800 Ultrasound System

The AplioTM i800 introduces breakthrough technology that enables clinicians the ability to image a wider range of clinical applications. By delivering the industry’s only ultra-high frequency, 24 MHz transducer on an ultra-premium ultrasound system, the i800 allows for enhanced use in superficial imaging such as dermatology, rheumatology and orthopedics, areas where systems with lower frequency transducers are limited on image resolution. While enabling clinicians to see dynamic movement of tendons and pulleys real-time with detail and definition, the Aplio i800 also offers superb resolution of minute vessels and extreme low-velocity microvascular flow using exclusive SMI Doppler technology.


HoloPortalTM by TeraRecon is a holographic platform for a new era of medical imaging using augmented reality. The HoloPortal is a natural extension of a user’s existing workflow creating an immersive end to end experience.

The HoloPortal allows clinicians, students, and patients to engage with medical imaging for education, collaboration and discussion purposes. Using Microsoft’s Azure GPU cloud platform, studies are streamed to Microsoft Hololens or similar headsets in real time. Users may interact with images using voice and gesture controls and navigate imaging studies with unmatched realism.

HoloPortal is part of TeraRecon’s iNtuitionTM advanced visualization portfolio.


Move Beyond Wires with the SAVI SCOUT® Wire-Free Radar Breast Localization System used for lumpectomy localization, marking a biopsy site and surgical guidance. SCOUT® is non-radioactive and non-magnetic, making it easy to use, with no significant artifacts on MRI. The SCOUT technology provides unparalleled precision and accuracy, with 360˚ detection capability and tumor location to within ±1mm. This can mean more successful surgeries and enhanced outcomes for women while reducing operating room costs and improving operational efficiency. Clinically proven in over 33,000 procedures in 260 hospitals across the country, SCOUT is the leading innovation in wire-free localization technology.

CLARET MEDICAL INC—Sentinel Cerebral Protection System

Claret Medical® was founded on the realization that one stroke is one too many, and all strokes have devastating impact on patients’ and families lives. Sentinel® Cerebral Protection System provides protection against potential risk of stroke during TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement).
Sentinel captures and removes embolic debris in 99%* of TAVR patients, regardless of valve type and patient risk profile. In SENTINEL pivotal US IDE, neurologist-adjudicated, peri-procedural stroke rate was reduced by 63%* when Sentinel CPS was used.

Sentinel is the protection your patients need when they’re most vulnerable. Consider Protected TAVR™ with Sentinel.

Stroke happens. Protection works.

MEDTRONIC—Signia Stapling System

The world’s first smart stapler, the Signia™ system combines the proven performance of Tri-Staple™ technology with the power of Adaptive Firing™ technology.

The Signia™ stapler delivers fully powered articulation, rotation, clamping and firing, which provides greater precision and maneuverability compared to manual staplers.1,2 Single-handed operation means your other hand is free to focus on the surgical site, while enhanced ergonomics create a well-balanced feel in the hand during use.


Pocket Neb™ is a lightweight, portable vibrating mesh nebulizer for aerosol drug delivery to patients with respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD, available by prescription only. Including the lightweight rechargeable battery, Pocket Neb™ weighs only 10 ounces and fits easily into a pocket or purse. The Micro-pump design allows for 98% delivery of solution medications in two modes, on-demand and continuous operation. Portability allows for better compliance to physicians orders and that means better control of your condition.


SHINGRIX is a vaccine indicated for the prevention of shingles in adults aged 50 years and older. More than 99 percent of those over 50 years old are infected with the virus that causes shingles, and one in three Americans will develop shingles in their lifetime. The vaccine demonstrated over 90% efficacy across all age groups in the prevention of shingles. The risk and severity of shingles increases with age as the immune system loses the ability to mount a strong and effective response to infection. Shingrix was developed specifically to overcome the age-related decline in immunity.

PHILIPS HEALTHCARE—Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution – Ready for Digital Diagnostics

Philips designed the IntelliSite Pathology Solution to increase e¬fficiency and collaboration in your clinical lab. In addition to having a CE-IVD mark in Europe since 2014, Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution is now the first, and only digital pathology solution available for primary diagnosis in the United States.

With high-resolution images, collaboration features and case management support tools we can help you make those next steps in workflow improvement and knowledge sharing amongst your clinical colleagues.