City software firm Emis enjoys ‘productive year’

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MEDICAL software firm Emis yesterday said it had enjoyed an “exceptionally productive” year as more doctors used its products to improve patient care.

Leeds-based Emis is a leading supplier of clinical software to GP practices and other healthcare practitioners.

Last year, the group continued to roll out its Emis Web software, which links healthcare professionals, from GPs to neurosurgeons, by allowing them to share patients’ cradle-to-grave medical records

During 2013, Emis saw its total revenue rise by 22 per cent to £105.5m. Operating profit was £24.9m, compared with £24.1m the year before.

Last year, the number of GP practices using its EMIS Web product rose to 3,327 from 1,635 the year before. The company, which has a 53 per cent share of the UK primary software market, is now focusing on the delivery of software products aimed at improving care for children and people who suffer from mental health problems.

Last year, Emis bought healthcare software company Ascribe for up to £60m in a deal that it described as a significant milestone for the group. Ascribe is focused on hospital pharmacy, accident and emergency, mental health and electronic patient records for the NHS and overseas. In 2013, Emis also bought eyesight screening company Digital Healthcare for £3.1m. Emis said it was continuing to trade in line with management expectations, and with continuing strong revenue visibility.

Catherine Hinchliffe of Ward Hadaway

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