Optum UK to acquire healthcare software provider EMIS for £1.2bn

Charles Wheeldon
June 21, 2022
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Health services firm Optum UK is acquiring Leeds-based healthtech company EMIS Group for about £1.24 billion in cash, Reuters has reported.

Optum UK, part of Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group, stated that the deal would help the combined company provide better services to the National Health Service.

EMIS directors intend unanimously to recommend shareholders vote in favour of the deal.

Andy Thorburn, chief executive of EMIS, said: “We believe this combination will have the resources and expertise to enable us to better support the NHS and clinicians through technology innovations. EMIS’s long-standing track record of delivering effective technology solutions and strong financial and operating performance combined with UnitedHealth Group’s resources and expertise will enable us to accelerate our development. We therefore consider that the combined group will be well positioned to serve its customers and partners in the UK’s healthcare system, whilst ensuring EMIS remains a strong organisation supporting the NHS, thereby fulfilling EMIS’s purpose of enabling better care through technology innovation.”

Rob Sergeant, chief executive of Optum UK, added: “Optum UK is focused on helping the NHS work better for clinicians and patients, and believes that this combination with EMIS will bring ever more advanced technology solutions and capabilities to the NHS and general practitioners to improve patient care.”

Optum UK has operated in the UK for 20 years.

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