Quality Systems Inc., the parent corporation of physician software vendor NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc., has acquired two vendors of hospital information systems for community hospitals. The hospital products will be folded into the NextGen portfolio. NextGen will focus on providing a comprehensive suite of inpatient and ambulatory information systems for community hospitals with 100 beds or less and their affiliated physicians.
Irvine, Calif.-based Quality Systems on Feb. 11 announced the acquisition last August of Laguna Hills, Calif.-based Sphere Health Systems Inc., which sells clinical information systems to community hospitals. Quality Systems now also has acquired Opus Healthcare Solutions, which sells financial/administrative systems to community hospitals. Terms of both acquisitions were not disclosed.
The goal is to provide small community hospitals with the information technologies that they and community physicians need to meet meaningful use requirements, says Scott Decker, president of Horsham, Pa.-based NextGen. Small community hospitals now are starting to follow a trend of larger facilities and acquire community practices, he notes. An integrated suite of inpatient and ambulatory applications also aids small hospitals that wish to subsidize the cost of ambulatory software under relaxed provisions of the Stark Act and safe harbor laws.
Sphere Health Systems serves about 20 hospitals and Opus serves 40 to 50 hospitals, Decker says. The hospitals have jointly sold products during the past year so they have experience integrating their systems. Full integration of the systems will be complete during the first quarter. NextGen during 2010 will integrate its Web-hosted physician practice management and electronic health records software to the hospital systems. The company also will rewrite the inpatient and ambulatory applications on a single platform, with no timetable yet on completion of the task.
NextGen markets its Web-based ambulatory software to physician practices for $500 per physician per month for the practice management or EHR application, or $600 for both.
More information is available at opushealthcare.com and nextgen.com/care_setting/care_settingDetail.html?name=hospitals-health-systems.
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