Sunquest Information Systems keeps lab work from getting lost in the paperwork shuffle. Founded in 1979, the company provides LIS (laboratory information system) software to more than 1,700 hospitals and laboratories. Sunquest's systems integrate various applications containing medical records, billing and financial information, laboratory data, and other lab-related information into a unified system. The company also offers systems for radiology and pharmacy departments. Many of the company's customers are US hospitals; however, the company also serves customers in Europe and the Middle East. Sunquest was acquired by Roper Industries for about $1.4 billion in 2012.
Sunquest's patient management and diagnostics software complement Roper's medical and scientific imaging unit and provide access to new health care markets. For its part, Sunquest benefits from access to the financial and strategic resources needed to expand its product offerings into new areas as the health care software industry continues to consolidate. Sunquest will operate under its own name and sell products under their existing brand names.
Sunquest was previously acquired in 2001 by Misys, which discarded the Sunquest name and transformed the company into a Misys operating unit; Sunquest then re-emerged in 2007 as a privately owned company following the acquisition by Vista Equity Partners.
In early 2009 the company purchased the Outreach Advantage software product line from Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML); the software is used to manage a variety of laboratory operations. The previous year it expanded its international presence (particularly in the European and Middle Eastern markets) and after acquiring UK-based Anglia Healthcare Systems, a provider of information management software for laboratories.
In 2011 Sunquest bought the anatomic pathology LIS, called PowerPath, from Sweden-based Elekta to build on its position in this pathology IT market. – less