Healthland acquires American HealthTech
May 22, 2013 in Medical Technology
Healthland, which develops information technology for rural hospitals and care facilities, announced Tuesday its acquisition of Jackson, Miss.-based American HealthTech, which specializes in electronic health records for post-acute facilities.
Each company will continue to operate under its own brand, serving its traditional markets, officials say, but the two firms have already begun the process of linking resources to expand their offerings.
“Because this is a transaction of two willing partners with complementary product sets and common values, we view it as a win for healthcare providers, and therefore a win for their communities,” said Healthland President and CEO Angie Franks, in a press statement.
“To thrive and deliver integrated care to an entire community in an efficient, cost-effective manner, a clinic, hospital or skilled nursing facility needs a coordinated solution with complete EHR capabilities,” she added. “Our combined organizations will deliver that solution.”
An evolving healthcare landscape means this deal makes sense, said Franks, especially as rural and critical access hospitals often face challenges adopting new technology and adapting to new workflows.
“Healthland and AHT will be focused on helping clients thrive within this new system,” she said. “Many providers need solutions and tools to make the transition from a fee-for-service system to a population management model. We will provide a critical element of that transformation – a shared health record that follows the patient across the entire care continuum, including preventive, outpatient, inpatient, post-acute and in-home care.”
AHT President Teresa Chase noted that one in five post-acute facilities in 47 states use her firm’s technology.
“As we saw changes unfolding in national healthcare reform, it became clear that we needed to respond to our customers’ requests for a continuum of solutions by partnering with a company which could expand our reach to include clinics, hospitals and home care with a comprehensive, integrated information management solution,” she said in a press statement.
“By combining with Healthland,” she added, “we can advance our services into an integrated, community-wide approach to care.”
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