Thomson buys MercuryMD

Integrated information systems provider The Thomson Corporation announced today the acquisition of healthcare mobile information technology maker MercuryMD Inc. Further details regarding the deal were not disclosed.

As a result of the acquisition, the employees of North Carolina-based MercuryMD, including founders Alan Ying and William Lawson, will become part of Micromedex, a Thomson Scientific and Healthcare business.

Micromedex is a provider of integrated clinical knowledge systems, with products installed at more than 3,400 hospitals throughout North America. Together, they will leverage their content, technology and expertise to provide evidence-based clinical knowledge integrated into tools such as laptops and PDAs, according to a release.

“We are working to help healthcare providers improve the quality and delivery of healthcare by improving clinical workflow and access to evidence-based information at the point of care,” said Robert Cullen, president and chief executive officer, Thomson Scientific & Healthcare. “With industry leading technology from MercuryMD and trusted evidence-based knowledge from Micromedex, Thomson will create powerful applications that connect healthcare professionals to the tools they need to make critical decisions.”

As for MercuryMD’s stake in the change, the company’s CEO and co-founder Alan Ying said, “As part of Thomson, we will accelerate the global delivery of next-generation mobile information systems to more than 3,400 hospitals in North America and 7,000 institutions worldwide, something that we could not achieve independently.”