Merge Healthcare, a Chicago-based imaging vendor, has dipped its toe in the acquisition pool, grabbing San Diego-based DR Systems for $70 million.
Merge announced the acquisition of the enterprise medical imaging vendor during its fourth quarter financial earnings report. Merge said it was acquiring DR to deploy its imaging product to a broader client base. However, Merge says that support for DR’s core platform will remain in place and it will advance their products.
Murray Reicher, M.D., CEO of DR Systems, will assume the role of chief medical officer of Merge Healthcare.
“This acquisition reflects Merge's commitment to delivering solutions that enable our healthcare partners to elevate their clinical success, financial results, and the health of their communities. [It] also greatly expands our market share, which we believe is extremely important given the provider consolidation that is underway. Further, the acquisition will allow us to deploy our iConnect Network services, including pre-authorization services, to a broader client footprint immediately," Justin Dearborn. CEO of Merge, said in a statement.
Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children's Clinic was the victim of a ransomware attack on its IT systems in August, affecting more than 33,000 patients, according to multiple news media reports this week.
Healthcare organizations are once again urging U.S. Senate and House leaders to protect the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from more budget cuts for 2017.
Accenture Federal Services (AFS) has announced two pilot demonstrations with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to determine how patient-generated health data can be used by care teams and researchers.
Several researchers from the University of Pennsylvania addressed the ethics of behavioral health IT as it relates to “frequent flyer” icons and the potential for implicit bias in an article published in JAMA.