South African medical information-exchange company, Healthbridge, has announced their acquisition of Infosys Software Solutions’ Healthcare division, a Durban-based IT company.

Under the agreement, former Managing Director (MD) of Infosys, Neelesh Sitlu, will join Healthbridge’s Senior Leadership team and 12 other Infosys members will join a new specialised technical team.

The acquisition of Infosys Software Solution’s Healthcare division unites Healthbridge’s exiting 5,000 nation-wide customer base of medical practitioners with a further 700 who are served by an Infosys cloud-based bureau solution.

Healthbridge’s medical information-exchange services integrate with hospitals, pathology laboratories, radiologists and medical aids to process more than R30 billion of transactions in real-time every year.

“With the dynamics at play in today’s healthcare industry, it makes sense for likeminded health-tech creators with similar dreams, values, complimentary capabilities and market presences to join forces,” said MD of Healthbridge, Luis da Silva.

“We remain committed to investing in initiatives that leverage the emerging technological trends entering healthcare. This acquisition will allow the new Healthbridge to not only improve the speed at which we can deliver our products and services, but to provide broader service offerings that cater for wider segments of the market,” continued da Silva.

According to Sitlu, Healthbridge identified the Infosys Healthcare services division as a good fit due to their proven track record in developing multi-disciplinary practice management solutions with leading debtors’ management, financial reporting and bureau offerings.

“When practice management is simple and efficient, healthcare providers can focus on what matters most – caring for patients,” said Sitlu.

Since the launch of Healthbridge’s myMPS cloud based medical practice service in 2015, Healthbridge has become the top practice management service in the country. Healthbridge is also responsible for the first integrated Doctor App, which offers the medical professional support during their consultations as well as an integrated experience and streamlined communication with the admin staff system.

By including Infosys’ resources and team members into their organisation, Healthbridge will further focus on quicker delivery of products and services in meaningful areas of healthcare.

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