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Sunquest Information Systems (Tucson, Arizona), a provider of laboratory and diagnostic information systems has inked a definitive agreement to acquire Anglia Healthcare Systems (Norfolk, UK), a privately held provider of laboratory connectivity, orders, reporting and messaging solutions.

Sunquest said the acquisition will "significantly broaden" its global presence, and strengthen its outreach and physician affinity strategy for the international market by combining its "best-of-suite" LIS solutions with a complementary and comprehensive set of solutions that help create new business opportunities and better communications between hospitals, laboratories, physicians, communities and patients.

Sunquest said that Anglia is a market leader in the UK, with nearly 60% market share in communications and reporting systems in NHS Acute Trust Hospitals in the UK, as well as solutions placed in a number of hospitals in Denmark.

"This agreement emphasizes Sunquest's commitment to the UK and international markets," said Sunquest President/CEO Richard Atkin. "Nearly 70% of diagnostic decisions rely on laboratory data. The solutions Anglia has developed are integral to delivering that vital information to physicians."

In other dealmaking news, EDP Investment Holdings (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), a portfolio company of Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Co., has acquired EDCare Management (also Fort Lauderdale).

EDCare provides comprehensive emergency department and hospitalist staffing and management services. The company was founded by Jeffrey and David Schillinger, both of whom will continue to manage the business.

EDP Investment Holdings was formed by Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Co. to make acquisitions in the hospital-based physician staffing and management sector.

In June, EDP purchased Sterling Healthcare (Jacksonville, Florida). Like EDCare, Sterling provides emergency department staffing and management services, as well as staffing services to government healthcare entities.

Together, Sterling Healthcare and EDCare have a national presence, with more than 100 contracts in 15 states.

EDCare currently has contracted relationships with more than 75 hospitals, treating close to 1.5 million patients annually.