Icon Group, continues to expand announcing that Epic Digital has been acquired and will join their other businesses including Icon Cancer Care, Radiation Oncology Centres, Epic Pharmacy and Slade Health in late September.
Epic Digital is the developer of innovative technology solutions that assist healthcare professionals to connect and care for their patients, improve workflows and in turn, outcomes.
Icon Group CEO, Mark Middleton, says that the acquisition of Epic Digital is a major step in the right direction to providing an exceptional approach to cancer care.
“Technology advances are allowing healthcare practitioners to communicate with patients and customers who live in the furthest reaches of Australia. Acquiring Epic Digital is a significant step for Icon Group to continue being at the cutting-edge of best-practice healthcare delivery. It is innovative approaches like Epic Digital’s that enable us to deliver care where patients are, whether that is metro, regional or rural. More than an increased accessibility, their solutions also empower patients to take charge of their health,” Mr Middleton said.
Epic Digital Managing Director, Cathie Reid, says that the decision to align the two businesses was a natural one.
“We’re delighted to see Epic Digital join Icon Group. With both companies strongly committed to exceptional patient care, we will be working to utilise and implement Epic Digital’s innovative products to their fullest potential, complementing and expanding the great services Icon Group already provides” Ms Reid said.
“Epic Digital’s products are designed to improve access to information for both patients and care givers, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of operations” said Ms Reid, who will take up a position as digital healthcare advisor to the Icon Group Board as part of the transaction.
Epic Digital has already created and brought to market its first two products, Medication Manager and Chartflow, both of which are in use within Icon Group businesses, and has numerous other projects currently in development.
One of these new projects sees Epic Digital working with Microsoft Health in their Early Adopter Program, to develop an application that overlays real time data collected using Microsoft’s Health Band with medical data currently available to health professionals.
It’s anticipated that combining this known data which takes the form of treatment plans, medications and symptoms, with real time heart rate monitoring, motion sensing and temperature will allow better monitoring of post treatment impact, allowing for proactive intervention when required.