Health technology giant Royal Philips has agreed to buy the healthcare information systems (HCIS) business of Carestream Health, a world leader in medical imaging systems and IT solutions. Carestream’s HCIS business unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world. As a result of this acquisition, Philips could expand its healthcare IT business featuring Carestream’s enterprise imaging platform, including best in class VNA, diagnostic and enterprise viewers, multimedia reporting, workflow orchestrator and clinical, operational and business analytics tools, as part of its broad portfolio.
“We have had global success in providing radiology and enterprise imaging IT systems to help medical professionals provide quality care and enhance their operations,” said Ludovic D’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions.
“By becoming part of Philips, the HCIS business will have a greater opportunity to thrive and grow. Both organizations share a commitment to meaningful innovation which is deeply embedded in each company’s culture. Customers will have access to a broader portfolio of healthcare IT solutions to simplify medical image management, enable effective collaboration and enhance patient care,” he added.
Like Carestream, Philips has also currently built a strong, global business based on customer focus, world-class technical excellence and continuous innovation.
“Philips partners with global healthcare providers to connect people, information and technology with the commitment to deliver on the Quadruple Aim of improved patient experiences, better health outcomes, improved staff experiences, and lower costs of care,” said Robert Cascella, Chief Business Leader Precision Diagnosis at Royal Philips.
“This acquisition will enhance our ability to provide flexible solutions to hospitals and health systems. The combination of our successful innovations in imaging system platforms, workflow optimization and artificial intelligence-enabled informatics, combined with Carestream’s cloud-based enterprise imaging informatics platform and complementary geographic footprint will provide a solid foundation to deliver on the promise of precision diagnosis,” he added.
Post this deal, Carestream will retain its medical imaging, dental and industrial films, non-destructive testing, and precision coating businesses which are not impacted by the sale.
“These established businesses have solid financial foundations, innovative technology platforms and have earned the trust of loyal customers around the world,” said David C. Westgate, Chairman, President and CEO of Carestream adding that its focus will be on delivering innovation that is life changing—for patients, customers, channel partners, communities and other stakeholders—and we will grow the company for long-term success.
Following receipt of all regulatory and applicable government approvals, input from works councils and unions, and meeting all pre-conditions, the two companies will work towards closing the sale in the second half of this year and will continue to operate independently until closing.