Acquisitions news: ClearCourse buys PPM Software, Civica makes market move

ClearCourse Partnership LLP has announced its acquisition of PPM Software, a provider of healthcare practice management software.

Derbyshire-based PPM provides its software solution to Nuffield Health, Spire Healthcare, BMI Healthcare and The Harley Street Breast Clinic.

Its focus is on providing a platform for private practice management, which includes automating tasks and workflows from bookings to automated reminders, through to producing theatre and clinic lists.

PPM is ClearCourse’s first acquisition of the year and it’s believed that its assets and technology sharing will be ‘complementary’ to fellow group companies such as e-clinic, which also offers management solutions.

ClearCourse CEO, Gerry Gualtieri noted that the addition of the platform was an important step in expanding its healthcare offering, and that it “brings a new set of expertise and products to bolster our CRM capabilities in the sector. We see great potential for growth in PPM and we’re very much looking forward to having them on board.”

While Tom Hunt, MD of PPM Software, added: “This is an exciting step for PPM. ClearCourse has an impressive reputation with a proven record of enabling growth… it will allow us to capitalise on synergies with other complementary businesses. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for us as part of the Group.”

In further acquisitions news, Civica, which provides public sector healthcare software, has an agreement to purchase the medical care company, Medical Billing and Collection.

The move means that Civica will add medical billing and collection services to its roster, broadening its offering to include the e-billing of medical and insurers and patients, as well as a self-pay platform for collection and 24/7 card payment options.

Civica currently provides a range of software solutions to customers across the NHS and private sector, encompassing functions such as electronic prescribing and patient records. The completion of the deal to acquire Medical Billing and Collection is expected in late February 2021.