Siemens supercharges point-of-care device connectivity with Conworx buy


Siemens Healthineers is picking up Conworx Technology for an undisclosed sum to flesh out its point-of-care informatics capabilities. Conworx will become a new unit at Siemens, which will offer open connectivity for more than 100 point-of-care devices from major manufacturers.

The acquisition will marry the Berlin-based data management player’s solutions with Siemens’ RAPIDComm data management system, according to a statement. The combined suite of products will be offered under Siemens’ new subsidiary, Siemens Healthineers Point of Care Informatics. Conworx’s offerings include UniPOC, a web-based, point-of-care data management system that connects and manages POC devices in a single platform. The company also markets the POCcelerator, a POC testing management tool that manages devices, users, QC materials and controls in one system.

“As hospitals consolidate and acquire physician offices, there is a huge need by emerging healthcare networks for seamless integration of hundreds of decentralized devices that are spread across dozens of sites,” said Peter Koerte, president of Siemens’ point-of-care diagnostics division, in the statement. “It is clear to us that to satisfy our customers’ needs, we must deliver solutions that ensure superb connectivity, no matter which analyzer is being connected.”

The new unit will provide open connectivity for numerous devices, enhancing data integration and ultimately streamlining operations and data access while improving risk management, Siemens said in the statement. It will focus on developing interfaces and applications as well as data management.

“Together, we will be able to develop leading informatics products that help our customers to manage their growing point-of-care networks now and in the future,” said Roman Rosenkranz, who is currently the CEO of Conworx and will lead the new Siemens Healthineers Point of Care Informatics subsidiary.

Siemens broke out its healthcare business in May this year, rebranding it as Siemens Healthineers. Along the way, it inked deals to offload its hearing aid division to private investors, its hospital information systems to Cerner and its microbiology business to Danaher. When the company was planning the split, it said it wanted to focus on big data analytics, molecular diagnostics, as well as point of care and mobile healthcare.