Austin, TX-based Opus offers the Web-based and ‘08 CCHIT inpatient EHR certified Opus Clinical Suite, an inpatient system that includes clinical documentation, order management, clinical data repository, and a laboratory information system. The company was founded in 1987.
Quality Systems will integrate the Opus product line with assets from its previous purchase of the assets of Sphere Health Systems, Inc., which included its Spirit Enterprise hospital information system. Both product lines will be operated as part of NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc.
The acquisitions give NextGen an inpatient product line, which it says will sell primarily to hospitals with fewer than 100 beds.
Scott Decker, president of NextGen Healthcare, was quoted as saying, “We have seen demand grow in the rural and community marketplace due to the Stark relaxation, emergence of health information exchange initiatives and impending incentives resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Through our many years of working with ambulatory providers closely associated with or owned by community hospitals, it became clear that we could meet this demand by broadening our offering to include both ambulatory and inpatient solutions. In addition, clients have expressed the need for a single, ‘cloud-based’ technology platform that can be leveraged across ambulatory and inpatient care settings. These new acquisitions afford us the necessary capabilities to address client needs and fill a void currently present within the rural and community hospital marketplace. When considered in conjunction with our complementary Siemens Strategic Partnership, this announcement completes a strategy for distributing NextGen solutions across the entire inpatient and outpatient continuum.”
We announced the acquisition last night on HIStalk Practice, thanks to a tip from Miss Lead.