BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Quantim®, the Health Information Management (HIM) business of QuadraMed, a provider of leading information technology solutions for the healthcare industry. Working closely with industry partners, including electronic healthcare record (EHR) providers, Nuance and Quantim will ease healthcare providers’ transition to ICD-10, while preserving clinician productivity and document workflows and, most importantly, ensuring the quality of patient care.
Quantim provides hospitals and healthcare organizations with software and services that maximize HIM professionals’ productivity while ensuring appropriate financial reimbursement to the institution. With the government-mandated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes, healthcare providers face unprecedented complexity in their clinical documentation and coding strategies. ICD codes, which serve as the foundation for financial reimbursement, are set to increase from 17,000 diagnostic and procedural codes today to more than 155,000 codes over the next two years. Every healthcare provider in the U.S. is affected by this change, and Nuance, together with Quantim, will assist customers through this critical transition and through future clinical documentation and coding challenges.
The integration of Nuance’s clinical language understanding (CLU) technology with Quantim’s computer-assisted coding (CAC) solution will fuel a more efficient coding workflow and speed related reimbursement. An automated, integrated coding solution will support clinician productivity during the transition to ICD-10 for providers and preserve document workflows and the quality of care.
“Nuance has a track record of delivering disruptive innovations in healthcare, particularly when it comes to helping providers overcome major challenges like ICD-10,” said Janet Dillione, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Healthcare. “We are excited to welcome the Quantim customers and staff to the Nuance team, and look forward to working together to create an innovative solution to help providers address critical productivity and reimbursement challenges associated with clinical documentation and coding.”
Nuance plans to deliver CLU-powered CAC solutions quickly into the market within Quantim's integrated, web-based platform to support a more efficient transition to ICD-10 and deliver better financial results for customers. These solutions will:
- Bridge the capture of clinical information with natural language processing (NLP)-driven coding and compliance, ultimately shortening the time between patient care and appropriate reimbursement – driving to the industry goal of concurrent coding.
- Streamline clinical documentation improvement (CDI) and support CDI and coding specialists within a single platform to decrease the time spent on physician follow-up when additional specific patient details are needed to properly code the care provided; and
- Integrate Nuance’s CLU technology to aid coders directly by providing them with automated prompts that will assist them in ensuring compliance and adjusting to the increased ICD-10 code base.
“The acquisition of QuadraMed’s HIM business is a natural extension of Nuance’s strategy to transform the clinical documentation and revenue cycle processes,” said Duncan James, chief executive officer, QuadraMed. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity this acquisition provides for our Quantim clients and employees who will benefit from the value of Nuance’s vision and innovative technology.”
For more information about this announcement and the benefits it will bring to healthcare provider organizations, please visit: http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/healthcare-announcement-quantim/index.htm
Nuance Healthcare, a division of Nuance Communications, is the market leader in providing clinical understanding solutions that accurately capture and transform the patient story into meaningful, actionable information. Thousands of hospitals, providers and payers worldwide trust Nuance voice-enabled clinical documentation and analytics solutions to facilitate smarter, more efficient decisions across the healthcare enterprise. For more information please visit http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/index.htm.
QuadraMed, a Francisco Partners portfolio company, is a leading provider of award-winning healthcare technologies and services that improve the safety, quality and efficiency of patient care. Founded in 1993, QuadraMed provides proven, flexible solutions that help make our clients successful by streamlining processes, increasing productivity, improving patient satisfaction and driving positive clinical outcomes. For more information please visit http://www.quadramed.com.
Nuance Communications, Inc.
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Statements in this press release regarding the expected benefits to Nuance and its customers of the Quantim acquisition, anticipated future combined operations, products and services, and any other statements regarding future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words “will,” “expected,” and other similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the transaction is subject to closing conditions that if not met or waived would cause the transaction not to close; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate Quantim’s operations, product offerings and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the failure to retain customers and/or key employees; and the other factors described in Nuance's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Nuance disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.