Three health information technology vendor acquisitions and a merger of two New York City health information exchanges have been completed in recent days:
*The Brooklyn Health Information Exchange and Healthix Inc., two HIEs serving the greater New York City Region, have completed a merger agreement reached in June 2013. The combined entity retains the Healthix name and will serve more than 9 million patients and 100 participating organizations representing 400 locations throughout New York City and Long Island. Tom Check remains Healthix president and CEO, and Brooklyn HIE leader Irene Koch will serve as executive vice president and general counsel. The merger follows an agreement in 2012 for both HIEs to have the New York eHealth Collaborative operate their technology platforms, as part of an effort to have the State Health Information Network of New York become more harmonized.
* Health information management software and services vendor HealthPort has acquired CM Information Specialists of Fridley, Minn. Terms were not disclosed. HealthPort offers release of information and audit management products and services. It now adds market share in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, where CM Information Specialists has offered release of information services for 27 years.
* Brightree LLC, a vendor of clinical, financial and operational information systems for the post-acute care market, has acquired MedAct LLC, which sells home health medical equipment and durable medical equipment software. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Brightree serves more than 3,000 customers covering home health agencies, hospices, home health medical equipment pharmacies, home infusion firms and rehabilitation facilities. Now, it adds 330 MedAct customers, who will benefit from Brightrees significant product development resources, according to the vendors.
* Konica Minolta Medical Imaging will acquire the ultrasonic diagnostic equipment business of Panasonic Healthcare, with the closing expected by January. Terms were not disclosed. The organizations have been jointly developing ultrasonic systems.
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