US Giant Acquires System C

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Healthcare ITMcKesson, a US giant pharmaceutical wholesaler, announced that it has acquired British firm System C Healthcare, the provider of Medway and other innovative healthcare IT solutions.

McKesson has been offering its services to a wide range of clients including the operation of NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR). The latter is an integrated HR and payroll system, which provides help in the management of payments for 1.4million NHS employees throughout England and Wales.

Following this acquisition, System C's innovative Medway suite of clinical and administrative software solutions will be combined with the customer base, financial capabilities and reputation of McKesson. This combination will result in better position in the market for both companies. McKesson and System C will start offering their joint products, which include patient administration systems (PAS), electronic patient record (EPR), and PACS solutions.

"This is a key strategic acquisition and a significant investment in UK healthcare IT. It brings immediate benefits to our extensive user base and to the wider health and social care sectors." said Patrick Carter, chairman of the McKesson International Operations Group. "This is an exciting development for the company, our clients and the people who work for us. We are looking forward to building on the best of both companies to help deliver real improvements to efficiency and quality of care." said Dr Ian Denley, chief executive of System C.

According to the acquisition agreement, System C will continue to operate as a separate company. It will be managed by its current team as System C, a McKesson company. System C has been recently included in a number of new contracts for its products. One of the main contracts is a multi-million pound agreement to provide Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust with the Medway PAS/EPR.

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