Sunquest has just announced its purchase of Data Innovations (see: SUNQUEST INFORMATION SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES ROPER INDUSTRIES’ ACQUISITION OF DATA INNOVATIONS FROM BATTERY VENTURES).
Here's a quote from the press release:
With more than 4,500 customers in 83 countries, Data Innovations’ partners and customers span the healthcare continuum, providing leading middleware solutions to the diagnostic laboratory market. As part of Sunquest’s strategy to provide integrated pathology solutions internationally, Data Innovations will enhance the product offerings and geographic reach of Sunquest, while retaining its market-leading brand and independent position providing services to its clients and partners. Data Innovations will remain headquartered in Burlington, Vermont.
Obviously, there are huge synergies between Sunquest and DI which is the major purveyor of lab middleware such as interfaces between LISs and lab instruments as well as to EHRs. DI also provides business rules, software that manages and interprets lab test results. One interesting facet of this acquisition is that the the DI software is a major component of the LISs provided by other vendors. I suspect that Sunquest will be running DI as a distinct business unit but who knows where this will go.