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Cerner's Bold Move to Acquire Siemens Health Services Feeds Global Growth Ambitions

Published: 06 October 2014

ID: G00269653

Analyst(s): Vi Shaffer, Thomas J. Handler, M.D.


Cerner's planned acquisition is an assertion of confidence in its strategy for global growth. However, capturing long-term opportunities requires significant attention to Soarian's development.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is Cerner Buying?
    • Numerous Synergies Make This Deal Likely to Be Positive for Cerner, Despite Complex Transition and Portfolio Decisions
    • The Transaction Close Is Challenging, and Will Varyingly Distract Both Management Teams
  • The Acquisition Will Require Serious Scrutiny of Direction Sooner or Later for All Siemens Core "Megasuite" Clients
  • Cerner Is a Viable Contender for Data Integration and Population Health Needs
  • This Acquisition Marks the End of the First Era of Health IT, When Patient Administration and Revenue Apps — the HIS — Formed the Basis for the Dominant Strategic Vendor Relationship

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