Harris Corp. buys Carefx in play for commercial healthcare market

Another powerful firm outside the commercial healthcare market is joining the rush to manage healthcare information. Harris Corp., an international communications and information technology company based in Melbourne, Fla., has purchased Carefx, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based healthcare data management firm, for $155 million.

Carefx provides an interoperability platform known as Fusionfx to more than 800 hospitals, healthcare systems and health information exchanges across North America, Europe and Asia. Its federated solution enables users to view clinical data in disparate systems, pulling the information on a particular patient together into a single view.

In the U.S., Carefx customers include Boston Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, Northwestern Medical Hospital, the Louisiana Rural Health Information Exchange, and Johns Hopkins Health System. Carefx also partners with such HIS vendors as Cerner and GE Healthcare, which give their hospital customers access to the Fusionfx application.

Harris Corp., which has annual an revenue of around $5 billion, has provided interoperability solutions for large-scale health information exchange enterprises such as those of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and the Social Security Administration. Harris was recently selected to build a health information exchange for the state of Florida.

"This acquisition will enable Harris to provide an expanded range of interoperability solutions to both government and commercial healthcare providers," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris Corp.  "Carefx's product suite and sales channels will position Harris to deliver trusted, comprehensive workflow integration that ultimately leads to better care and lower healthcare costs."

To learn more:
- read the press release
- see the Bloomberg news story 

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