Quality Systems acquires Mirth Corp.

Seeks to drive improvements in data exchange and analytics for ACOs

In a bid to boost the interoperability of its NextGen electronic health record subsidiary, Quality Systems, Inc. has acquired Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Mirth Corporation. Officials say the acquisition will broaden its accountable care and population health capabilities.

"Mirth's reputation as one of the most adopted, open and globally trusted interconnectivity platforms is a natural fit for NextGen's established network of providers," said Steve Puckett, chief technology officer for Quality Systems, in a press statement. "By bringing our companies together we can quickly bring to market an unprecedented level of data exchange that will allow patients, providers and healthcare facilities to participate fully in a collaborative and connected care environment."

With harmonization of data across different vendors' platforms key to accountable care delivery, Quality Systems officials say Mirth's technologies will help it offer a complete set of cross-enterprise products that are well-suited for new reimbursement models.

Mirth's tools enable users to accurately integrate real-time, longitudinal health information from a wide variety of EHR systems at different hospitals, physicians and ancillary care providers and drive workflows, data exchange and analytics, officials say.

As ACOs are tasked with acquiring data from health information exchanges to make informed decisions that improve care while reducing costs, the Mirth acquisition will position NextGen Healthcare to offer its clients information technology solutions with improved data exchange capabilities, allowing for better participation in local, state and federal eHealth initiatives, say Quality Systems officials.

As Quality Systems integrates Mirth's capabilities into the NextGen Healthcare platform, it will also maintain the Mirth brand identity, office, team and products and will continue to market Mirth's commercial solutions and serve as the hub for the Mirth Connect open-source community, officials say.

"At Mirth we've long understood the importance of delivering a scalable, flexible, and nimble suite of vendor-agnostic IT solutions," said Jon Teichrow, president of Mirth Corporation, in a statement. "We are excited about the opportunity to combine forces with NextGen Healthcare. Together, we can enable our clients to respond with agility to the demands of a rapidly evolving health care environment."

"The acquisition of Mirth will further strengthen QSI's capabilities across the board, based on the new level of data integration and migration functionality it brings us," said Steven T. Plochocki, president and chief executive officer for Quality Systems. "We intend to expand our client base and position the company for continued growth, particularly within both the connectivity and EHR replacement markets, as we work to meet the needs of hospitals and physicians as well as their patients."

[See also: Quality Systems acquires Matrix Management Solutions]