Reuters is reporting that at least five private equity firms have met with management at medical imaging software vendor Merge Healthcare, which in September announced it would explore strategic alternatives that could include a sale.

The equity firms, most of them well-known in the health information technology arena, are Thoma Bravo LLC, GTCR LLC, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe, Francisco Partners, and Avista Capital Partners. Merge hoped to have offers in by Nov. 9, according to Reuters. None of the parties commented on the record to the news service.

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