Clinical documentation solutions company TRANSCEND SERVICES INC. (NASDAQ: TRCR) today announced its acquisition of Salar Inc. (pronounced Sālar), a privately held provider of electronic clinical documentation and billing workflow solutions for healthcare providers, in an $11 million cash for stock transaction that closed July 29, 2011. It is anticipated that the acquisition will give Transcend a stronger foothold in the hospital setting and provide its customers added functionality and flexibility. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Baltimore, Salar’s solutions are used by leading academic and community hospitals. The company generated $4 million of revenue and $1.2 million of operating income in 2010 and is growing. “This acquisition is key to both our growth and diversification strategies,” said Larry Gerdes, Transcend chairman and CEO. “From a growth perspective, the purchase is in line with our strategy of complementing our organic growth by completing selected strategic acquisitions, of which Salar is the sixth since the beginning of 2009. Salar, however, allows us to diversify because it’s the first of these companies to offer software products. Our purchase of Salar’s flexible and physician-centric products combined with the recent availability of our Encore medical transcription platform offered to hospitals under the Software as a Service (SaaS) model, will allow us further entry into the hospital setting.” “As a leading provider of transcription services, we have been asked by many of our customer partners for assistance with the adoption of meaningful use of clinical data,” stated Susan McGrogan, president & COO of Transcend. “Partnering with our customers has always been vital to providing the highest level of service, and by incorporating Salar’s innovative technology; we will be better positioned to respond to our customers’ needs.” Salar product solutions – which include Team Notes,™ TeamRelay,™ TeamQuery™ and TAP Charge Capture™ – provide a highly customizable and physician-friendly interface that integrates easily with existing electronic medical record systems, allowing physicians and hospitals to achieve notable productivity, financial and patient safety improvements. Hospitals can enhance their investment in existing Healthcare Information Systems (HIS) by overlaying Salar’s products to achieve high levels of physician adoption and return on investment utilizing a Meaningful Use Stage 1 certified product.
“With Salar’s complementary technology, we will be able to move our own speech recognition technology into templates, allowing us to expand our customer base to include clinicians who prefer template-based clinical documentation solutions, and enabling our solutions to meet ‘meaningful use’ of EMRs,” said Ken Ravenelle, Transcend chief technology officer. “In 2012, we anticipate the ability to combine our respective technologies into a hybrid that will give our Encore customers added functionality and greater flexibility.”Added Todd Johnson, Salar president and co-founder, "By incorporating Transcend's dictation, speech recognition and document delivery technologies into Salar's tools, we will further help customers achieve broad physician adoption and maximize physician productivity. Healthcare systems and hospitals can now support the way their physicians work, while incorporating the most cost-effective solution. The technology that Salar and Transcend bring encompass clinical workflow processes electronically, which are very manual today. This enables us to better leverage the overall adoption of a true electronic record and limit the need for scanning records into the EMR. In fact, Salar’s TAP Charge Capture application completes billing charges at the point-of-care. TAP eliminates traditional, labor-intensive and error prone billing processes by allowing physicians to complete charge entry online or automating billing from the physician’s documentation. ” Johnson went on to say that both Salar and Transcend are dedicated to providing an outstanding, responsive service experience for every customer. “I couldn’t ask for a more closely aligned partner than Transcend to fuel Salar’s growth and deliver increased value to Transcend’s customers.” Salar will remain in its Baltimore location and operate as a business unit of Transcend. About Transcend Services, Inc. Transcend Services is a leading provider of clinical documentation solutions for healthcare organizations. The company’s high-quality transcription services and applications – along with leading data extraction and reporting tools – provide critical data needed to document patient encounters and help drive clinical decision making. Transcend provides clients with exceptional quality, turnaround time and service so that they can focus on what matters most – their patients. For more information, visit www.transcendservices.com. About Salar Salar delivers the healthcare industry's most flexible and physician-centric inpatient documentation and billing solutions. Each Salar product provides a highly customizable physician interface that integrates easily with existing electronic medical record systems. With Salar, physicians and hospitals alike achieve notable productivity, financial and patient safety improvements. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Baltimore, Salar’s solutions are used by many of the nation’s prominent hospitals. For more information, please call 1-888-577-2527 or visit www.salarinc.com. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that represent our expectations, anticipations or beliefs about future events, including our operating results, financial condition, liquidity, expenditures, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. For this purpose, any statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially depending on a variety of important factors. 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