Health care IT firm buys Somerset software company

Somerset-based software company Wellsoft Corp. has been acquired by Medsphere Systems Corp., a California-based information technology solutions firm.

Wellsoft, which creates award-winning Emergency Department Information Systems, or EDIS, has been in business for more than 30 years, according to a news release Wednesday announcing the deal. Its products are tailored to emergency departments and urgent care centers, and used in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.

Dr. John Santmann, founder and CEO of Wellsoft, will become chief medical information officer at Medsphere.

“This is a very positive and exciting time for Wellsoft,” he said in a prepared statement. “With this merger, we have the opportunity to expand as an integral component of a larger, integrated enterprise solution for health care providers. In our early conversations with Medsphere, we also recognized shared goals and values — specifically, a commitment to empowering health care organizations without asking them to sacrifice other clinical initiatives by overpaying for health care IT. We’re truly excited to join Medsphere.”

In the wake of the deal, Medsphere will introduce a comprehensive solution for urgent care centers that combines Wellsoft’s technology with Medsphere’s RCM Cloud revenue cycle suite and its CareVue HER system.

“You only have to look at the awards and recognition Wellsoft has received to recognize what a significant addition to the CareVue EHR platform this is,” Medsphere CEO and President Irv Lichtenwald said. “We’re very excited about the tremendous clinical value of Wellsoft and CareVue together, and we look forward to working with Dr. John Santmann and his team on our shared ethic of making affordable, comprehensive health care IT available to all providers.”