Sterling Computers Corporation has announced the acquisition of Wide River Technology Extension Center (TEC), the health information technology consulting division of CIMRO of Nebraska.
“Serving the healthcare industry is a top priority at Sterling which makes us excited about this announcement. Our two organizations share many core beliefs and a passion for meeting the needs of our customers,” said Brad Moore, President of Sterling. “With this transaction, Sterling will be able to build on Wide River TEC’s expertise and experience in using health information technology to improve care and will allow us to provide an expanded array of services to deliver to health care clients.”
CIMRO of Nebraska will continue to serve as the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) for Nebraska through a grant from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT. Through this ONC grant, CIMRO of Nebraska has worked to assist over 1,500 Nebraska practitioners and Critical Access Hospitals to evaluate electronic health record (EHR) systems, implement the software, and effectively use their EHR to improve patient care. The REC grant is scheduled to end in February 2014.
“As our REC clients have achieved meaningful use, many have asked for continued services as the opportunities and challenges for using health related technologies continues to grow. With a rapidly developing market, we decided that in order for Wide River TEC to continue to grow and provide a broader array of services, a strategic partner was needed to fully develop the business,” said Greg Schieke, Senior Vice President for CIMRO of Nebraska. “We found that partner in Sterling, a Nebraska-based company that shares our values, is vendor-neutral, and is committed to serving clients in rural areas. In the hands of Sterling, Wide River TEC will continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of healthcare providers in Nebraska and beyond.”
As part of the transaction, Sterling has acquired the registered trade names of Wide River TEC, its webpage and other online assets. Sterling will also assume the current fee-for-service agreements of Wide River TEC. Several key staff members of Wide River TEC will transition from CIMRO of Nebraska to Sterling, assuring continuity of services and knowledge of the health care environment, both within Nebraska and across the Midwest.