Forerun Inc., which sells clinical documentation software for emergency departments, has acquired Emergisoft, which markets an emergency department information system. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Waltham, Mass.-based Forerun formed in 2006 to commercialize technology developed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Its FlexChart software integrates with an EDIS and offers clinical documentation options that include writing on special paper using a digital pen that makes the information electronically available. The target audience is hospitals that buy a complete EDIS and turn off the clinical documentation module as clinicians continue to document on paper, says Forerun CEO Ken Wolfe. The company also sells patient discharge, medication reconciliation, patient tracking and operational reporting software.

Arlington, Texas-based Emergisoft sells a Web-based EDIS built on the Microsoft .NET Framework with tracking and alerts, orders and results, charge capture and coding, discharge planning, clinical documentation, and management reporting modules. It also sells a maritime electronic health record for the cruise industry.

Forerun will integrate its FlexChart clinical documentation technology into Emergisoft's EDIS and cross sell FlexChart to Emergisoft clients, says Wolfe says. He will lead the combined company and Emergisoft CEO Jordan Davis will become vice president of sales. The companies have about 35 hospital sites between them.


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