Misys Healthcare Systems' new general manager is charting a new direction for the companyand that could mean good things for Raleigh, N.C. Roger "Vern" Davenport arrived at the healthcare software company a month ago with a mandate from its London parent company to shape up the business.
Davenport's strategy focuses on increasing Misys' business with doctors' offices, a sharp contrast to the former CEO's ambitions of competing aggressively for hospital customers. His plans include shuffling employees into new divisions and strengthening Misys' products.
A focus on physicians could mean more jobs at Misys' Raleigh headquarters, the birthplace and center of operations for its software for doctors' offices. The company has about 800 workers in the Triangle and 1,900 more around the globe.
The new direction comes after a year of tumult for the company and its employees. After a rapid expansion, Misys recently has faced intense competition and falling sales of its products, which help customers create electronic medical records, bill insurers and manage hospital laboratories. A proposed management buyout fizzled in the fall, a few employees were laid off and the company has had shake-ups in Raleigh and London.
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