Emerson buys mobile cart maker Flo Healthcare

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Emerson announced last week that it has purchased Norcross, Ga.-based Flo Healthcare, a provider of comprehensive wireless and mobile clinical workstations for healthcare industry. Flo Healthcare — which will become part of Emerson Storage Solutions’ InterMetro division — had previously been owned by UBSS, LLC.

InterMetro is addressing the convergence of information technology with traditional mobile storage products. This trend is driving accelerated demand for mobile medical carts embedded with computers and wireless communications. The acquisition of Flo Healthcare further expands InterMetro’s strong position in meeting that demand with integrated solutions, the company said.

“InterMetro has a solid reputation for providing comprehensive storage solutions to the healthcare market, so the expansion into mobile, wireless applications was a natural progression for us,” said John Nackley, president, InterMetro. “We are excited about the future possibilities this offers us to continue improving patient safety by connecting healthcare delivery data at point-of-care through wireless technology and mobile devices.”

Flo Healthcare currently has more than 45,000 mobile devices and wireless infrastructure systems installed within approximately 800 hospitals.

 “The alignment of our technology and InterMetro’s leadership position in healthcare storage solutions gives us tremendous synergy for improving our products and serving our shared customers. Flo’s innovative technologies will benefit from InterMetro’s design and manufacturing expertise and broader market penetration,” said Keith Washington, general manager, Flo Healthcare.