HCA Buying Physician-Focused Software Vendor PatientKeeper
Software offers a single view of patient information across a variety of hospital systems
Publicly traded HCA (NYSE:HCA), which operates 164 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and England, has agreed to purchase PatientKeeper, a privately held provider of software and mobile applications that help physicians access and work with patient information.
Waltham, Mass.-based PatientKeeper’s applications overlay hospital IT systems and provide physicians with a set of electronic tools to automate their day in a way that saves them time and allows them to better focus on patient care, according to HCA. PatientKeeper has more than 58,000 active physician users. For the past seven years, physicians at HCA-affiliated hospitals have been using PatientKeeper to access a single view of their patients’ information across a variety of hospital systems, to streamline workflow, and to help improve patient care.
This purchase, for an undisclosed amount, will enable HCA to provide physicians a number of capabilities, including computerized physician order entry (CPOE), medication reconciliation, and documentation.