Patient Engagement Firm MyDirectHealth Acquired by Experian

Patient Engagement Firm MyDirectHealth Acquired by Experian

Experian Health, the healthcare arm of Experian (LSE: EXPN) announced earlier this month that it acquired MyDirectHealth, a digital health firm. No financial terms were disclosed. Companies like Experian Health that collaborate with hospitals and provide data support seem to be buying companies much like MyDirectHealth pretty frequently. MyDirectHealth develops digital care coordination solutions to help patients find the appropriate care provider. The company’s platform also offers patient engagement and outreach analytics, which Experian hopes to combine with its analytics platform to streamline healthcare administration. Patient engagement platforms are definitely trending,... Read More »

First Half of 2016 Shows Strength in M&A

Ever since the rally in health care mergers and acquisitions began in 2014, we’ve been waiting for the inevitable slam-on-the-brakes quarter. That rally was sparked by the advent of newly insured families and individuals entering the healthcare market, beginning on January 1, 2014. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010, health care M&A topped 1,000 transactions that year and has never looked back. Isn’t it about time for the party to end? Not according to our data for the first six months of 2016, compared with the same period in 2014 and 2015. (But if you read our monthly M&A roundup on page 18, you may have second thoughts.) In the first half of 2016, deal volume... Read More »

Royal Philips Expands With Population Health Management

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG), the leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, has just acquired Georgia-based Wellcentive, Inc., a privately-held provider of  cloud-based population health management and data analytics solutions for physicians and their organizations, for an undisclosed price. Wellcentive’s capabilities include importing, aggregating and analyzing clinical, claims and financial data across healthcare and hospital systems to allow providers to enhance their coordinated care delivery to satisfy new requirements and reimbursement models. Wellcentive’s applications will be assimilated into the Philip’s HealthSuite Cloud. This... Read More »

Nikon Refocuses on Medical Devices

Nikon Corporation (T: 7731) is following its consumer electronics brethren, Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), FujiFilm (T: 4901), Olympus Corp. (T:7733), Pentax Corp. and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG), into the health care industry. Last week it announced the acquisition of Optos. The $400 million price buys a Scottish medical device company that specializes in designing retinal-imaging machines used to test eyes and detect high blood press, and certain types of cancers.     Read More »