The pending $1.3 billion acquisition of the hospital information systems business line of Siemens Healthcare will enable Cerner Corp. to be a stronger competitor to Epic Systems Corp., while also being in line with Cerner CEO Neal Patterson’s vision of embracing change to make a difference. But danger looms.

That is the view of health information technology mergers and acquisitions consultant John Osberg, managing partner at Informed Partners LLC in Marietta, Ga. “But it will take a monumental effort to integrate Siemens, and some time,” he contends in comments to Health Data Management. “This deal was not for the amateurs. It is a lot more than a financial change of ownership.”

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