Agfa HealthCare to acquire WPD
Acquisition of leading Brazilian healthcare IT company offers significant growth opportunities
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Agfa HealthCare, a leading provider of diagnostic imaging and healthcare IT solutions, announces today that it has reached an agreement to acquire all the shares of WPD, one of the leading healthcare IT companies in Brazil. The transaction price will not be disclosed.
“It is an integral part of Agfa HealthCare’s overall strategy to assist countries around the world in their challenge to streamline and develop cost effective healthcare systems, including the implementation of state-of-the-art Hospital and Clinical Information Systems. Growing faster than any European market, with almost 200 million people, Brazil offers significant growth opportunities in the healthcare IT business”, says Christian Reinaudo, Agfa-Gevaert’s CEO, “Through this acquisition, Agfa HealthCare enters the Brazilian market for Hospital Information Systems. It allows us to build further on our already strong market position in Brazil for both Imaging and IT systems for radiology.”
“The acquisition of WPD will further accelerate Agfa’s IT business in Brazil. It will allow us to realize a faster go-to-market for our leading clinical information system ORBIS in Brazil”, says Luc Thijs, Agfa HealthCare’s President.
Walter Amorim, President and Chief Executive Officer of WPD, added: “The deep local market know-how of WPD, acquired over more than 20 years of serving a wide customer base, will perfectly combine with Agfa’s European experience in Hospital and Clinical Information Systems. The combination of Orbis Medical, already successfully deployed in about 900 institutions across continental Europe, together with WDP’s IT solutions will create a brand-new, state-of-the art clinical information management system (CIS) providing Brazilian clinicians an all-encompassing view of medical information.”
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