Siemens to acquire HIE developer MobileMD

Siemens Healthcare announced Friday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Yardley, Pa.-based MobileMD, Inc., a developer of health information exchange technology.

Officials said that the deal, terms of which were not disclosed, will close as soon as is practicable.

MobileMD’s cloud-deployed HIE service liberates patient information across a community of providers, regardless of geographic, organizational, or health IT system boundaries. The HIE solution is in use by more than 110 hospitals and more than 2,000 physician practices. By allowing physician practices to maintain their preferred ambulatory health IT solution, hospitals connect even more doctors with valuable patient data, such as laboratory results, imaging results and discharge notes.

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Officials say MobileMD’s focus on driving connectivity within an entire community, and its efforts to deliver more coordinated patient care across settings, will be crucial to driving accountable care initiatives.

“The goals behind many of our country’s broad, health reform initiatives are intended to improve the quality of care by doing two basic things: increase utilization of electronic technology, for a variety of benefits, and improve the coordination of care among entities that had previously not shared data well,” said John Glaser, PhD, CEO, Siemens Healthcare, Health Services Business Unit.

“Patients come into the healthcare system expecting physicians to help them get well by coordinating their care," he added. "Patients generally should not need to be concerned with the logistics of how their care is coordinated – they should rightfully expect that it will be coordinated. Siemens was impressed with MobileMD’s capabilities to enable this level of data sharing while maintaining an impressive focus on customer satisfaction. MobileMD customers can expect to continue to experience this same level, or an improved level, of service, commitment and partnership.”

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MobileMD has been active in the health information exchange space since 2005. The company markets the cloud-based 4D HIE, which addresses information sharing in four dimensions: care, service, economics and technology – providing physicians with near real-time, secure, clinical and administrative information regardless of location, affiliation, EMR technology or vendor, officials say.