Lexmark International, a vendor of printing services and document workflow products spanning multiple industries, continues to expand its healthcare holdings with at least the fourth acquisition in the past year.

The company has paid $37 million to buy Toronto-based Claron Technology which sells a platform of medical imaging viewing, distribution, sharing and collaboration software. The platform gives web access to imaging studies from picture archive and communication systems and vendor neutral archives, with a universal viewer supporting 2-D and 3-D viewing.

Claron Technology now is part of Lexmark’s Perceptive Software healthcare subsidiary, along with three other buys in 2014. “With this acquisition, Perceptive Software expands its offering to healthcare providers by enabling referring physicians and clinicians to access, view and collaborate on patient information and medical images that reside outside the electronic health records systems, while concurrently image-enabling the EHR and providing easy web-based access via desktop and mobile devices,” according to a Lexmark statement. Surgical navigation systems from Claron are not part of the acquisition and will operate under the name Claronav.

Lexmark bought Perceptive Software, a vendor of document imaging and management software, in 2010. Now, Claron will operate under the Perceptive unit, along with the 2014 acquisitions of PACSGEAR (integrate PACS with EHRs), Acuo Technologies (vendor neutral imaging archive), and Saperion (enterprise content management/business process management software).

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