Clinical information system vendor CliniCom last week made inroads into the home healthcare sector by acquiring the assets of KSH Systems, which provides financial and operations software for home-care businesses.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
The merging of the two companies' products will result in the ability to conduct all home-care data transactions from one portable terminal in the hands of a nurse during visits, said CliniCom spokeswoman Lynn Cranston.
CliniCom's acquisition of KSH's Charisma information system also brings with it the 26 clients of the Los Angeles-based vendor, including such major home-care chains as HealthInfusion, Caremark Therapeutic Services and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Privately held KSH took in $3 million in revenues in 1993, Ms. Cranston said.
"In the past, we have not sold to home-health agencies that offer nursing care because we lacked a clinician-oriented tool," said KSH President Peter King-Smith, who will become general manager of the new division. "CliniCom's sophisticated nursing software and point-of-care capabilities transfer well to this environment and will expand dramatically on Charisma's product reach," Mr. King-Smith said.
The clinician-oriented charting and literal head-to-toe progression of CliniCom's clinical software will enhance the efficiency of nurses working in the home setting, Ms. Cranston said.
For now, though, the home-care application won't be able to make use of wireless data-transfer technology that allows clinicians in hospitals to carry CliniCom's tablet-size terminals and exchange data directly to and from the main computer system.
Ms. Cranston said a team from both companies is "looking at ways to enhance portability" of the terminals as part of its effort to integrate the two systems. That would require using technology that covers more ground than the system of radio-frequency transmitters now used in hospitals that connects the tablets to a local-area computer network.