Cerner Acquires French Information Technology Company; Acquisition strengthens IT leader's commitment to European market
Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. & PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2005--Cerner Corp. (Nasdaq:CERN) announced today it has acquired Axya Systemes, a Paris-based healthcare information technology company that specializes in financial, administrative and clinical solutions for hospitals. The acquired company's new name is Cerner France. This transaction will expand Cerner's presence in France and will bring significant intellectual property and knowledge of the French healthcare market.
"Cerner and Axya have a shared mission to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare around the world through information technology," said Trace Devanny, Cerner president. "Together we are better positioned to capitalize on the many opportunities available in all segments of the French healthcare market. Axya is an excellent fit within Cerner because of our common cultures, complementary solutions and similar views on the importance of unified architecture."
Prior to the acquisition, Axya was a privately held company with a diverse client base that includes academic, private and public hospitals in France, Switzerland and Morocco. Axya was managed by its founders, Anne-Veronique Dufresnoy and David Kalfon, who will be key members of the Cerner management team in France.
"The healthcare information technology landscape in France is changing. We believe that being a part of a global organization will be critical in addressing the significant opportunities developing in the market," said Dufresnoy. "We are now better positioned to accelerate our growth and respond to greater market demand. We are very excited to become an integral part of Cerner's global organization."
The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on Cerner's 2005 financial results.
Cerner Corp. is taking the paper chart out of healthcare, eliminating error, variance and waste in the care process. With more than 1,500 clients worldwide, Cerner is the leading supplier of healthcare information technology. The following are trademarks of Cerner: Cerner, Cerner's logo, NASDAQ: CERN, www.cerner.com.
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