SIS acquires AmkaiSolutions

Signals a move beyond hospitals, into the ambulatory surgery space

Surgical Information Systems, which develops technology for perioperative care, has acquired AmkaiSolutions, a maker of electronic medical records and practice management tools for ambulatory surgery centers.

SIS officials say the acquisition will help its expansion into the outpatient surgery market, moving beyond the 300 hospitals and health systems it already serves. Amkai, meanwhile, will benefit from SIS' experience with product development and client support.

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"The combination of these two industry leaders will help meet the changing needs of surgical care delivery and bring together a legacy of technology innovation, surgery and anesthesia expertise, as well as strong client and partner relationships to the market," said Ed Daihl, CEO of SIS, in a press statement. "The merger expands our ability to provide the solutions perioperative leaders need to help meet their safety, efficiency and financial goals in any surgical environment."

As more ambulatory surgery facilities replace and enhance their legacy administrative solutions and expand into electronic clinical documentation, Amkai has been growing in recent years, officials say. With both an EMR system and administrative management tools, its systems are installed in more than 200 facilities nationwide.

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"Meeting the practice and information management needs of the outpatient and acute care environments enable information to be more easily managed and analyzed," said Amkai's Executive Vice President Joe Macies, in a statement. "We look forward to combining our strong ambulatory experience with the rich, acute care experience of the SIS team."