With McKesson looking to divest its health information technology product line, and Allscripts eyeing the small hospital market, Allscripts’ acquisition of McKesson’s HIT business for $185 million was a logical step, says John Osberg, a mergers and acquisition specialist at Informed Partners, an industry consulting firm.

Through the deal, Allscripts picks up the Paragon electronic health records system and the STAR software suite that includes patient accounting, financial, clinical, radiology, pharmacy and laboratory applications.

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