EMIS Group has announced the acquisition of primary care data and analytics specialist Edenbridge Healthcare.

The news will help strengthen EMIS’s commitment to driving transformation within the NHS and supporting under-pressure primary care services as they transition into the post-Covid recovery stage.

The connected healthcare software and systems provider paid £4million for Edenbridge. A further cash consideration of up to £6million is also available should certain performance targets be met.

Dr Shaun O’Hanlon, chief medical officer at EMIS Group, said: “This strategic acquisition sits at the heart of the NHS transformation agenda. Planning better, more efficient services and putting in place the right workforce for the future all require access to rich, data-driven insights.

“The acquisition of Edenbridge – already a partner of EMIS – complements our existing analytics proposition through our EMIS Analytics platform and adds a strong specialist capability for PCNs and Integrated Care Systems.”

Edenbridge’s APEX software already supports over 1,000 GP practices and organisations like Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It integrates with EMIS Web and TPP SystmOne to deliver cloud-based analytics with daily updates. This helps healthcare providers to work more efficiently by understanding appointment capacity and demand and spotting activity patterns.

Allison Homer, founder of Edenbridge Healthcare, added: “We created Edenbridge to support the digital transformation and redesign of services across primary care. Our focus has always been to support frontline NHS organisations to better understand their workload and workforce data, to drive improved patient flow and outcomes.

“Becoming part of EMIS Group builds on our existing partnership and will open up a range of exciting new opportunities for us as we continue and grow our commitment to deliver system agnostic solutions across primary care.”

EMIS’ acquisition of Edenbridge follows on from its previous acquisition of PharmOutcomes’ pharmacy management platform, owned by Pinnacle Health Partnership.