Earlier this year, HORIZON Lab Systems and ApolloLIMS and were acquired by Clinisys Group, growing the organization’s community and public health diagnostics capability.
Clinisys is one of the largest providers of laboratory information systems (LIS), order entry and result consultation, and public health solutions in disease surveillance and outbreak management across the United Kingdom, Europe, and United States.
Prior to these acquisitions, Clinisys joined with Sunquest Information Systems, a LIS/LIMS provider that now serves as the North American arm of the organization.
The combination of these four companies has created a technology powerhouse in the laboratory space that can’t be matched. Now, when you work with HORIZON LIMS you get access to a broader, deeper solution that can meet your lab’s specific needs.
What to Expect from HORIZON
Following the merger and acquisitions under Clinisys Group, HORIZON is now part of one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to diagnostic and laboratory informatics.
What does that mean for you? Your lab can expect to receive several key benefits from this transition, including:
1. Deep lab expertise
The HORIZON team has joined more than 1,450 health and technology experts working together to support the full diagnostic journey.
Our expertise now covers the entire care continuum, supporting clinical laboratories of all types, including toxicology, public health, molecular diagnostics, and more. As a result, Clinisys Group is the largest LIS provider in the world based on market share and team size.
Additionally, our expertise now expands into environmental, water/wastewater, Public Health, quality testing, and agriculture laboratory solutions – all of which have a holistic impact on human health.
2. Accelerated speed
Through our relationship with Clinisys Group, our company now has a team of more than 600 people specifically dedicated to the development and optimization of all our technology solutions. This dramatically expands our capabilities and increases the speed at which we can deliver systems and services laboratories need.
Speed has always been essential in the laboratory space, but especially in a post-COVID environment. In addition to continued COVID-19 testing, labs face challenges to recover a backlog of tests delayed during the early phases of the pandemic. According to a Braid Forbes Health Research analysis shared by the American Clinical Laboratory Association, clinical laboratory test utilization overall fell by 18% from 2019 to 2020 even when taking into account the large volume of COVID-19 testing. As well, chemistry panels used for routine screenings fell by 22%.
Laboratories must manage this high volume of tests with a depleted staff, as there is a shortage of 20,000-25,000 laboratory professionals across the U.S. and Canada. HORIZON now has the resources to work at the accelerated pace your lab needs to effectively navigate higher demand and maximize operational efficiency.
3. Robust capabilities
Historically, laboratories could expect to maintain a LIMS for approximately 5-10 years before needing to replace it due to outdated features and functionality. By joining the Clinisys Group, HORIZON is changing this trajectory for labs that work with us.
We give you the tools you need to keep your system current and not require overhauls. The combined resources and expertise across all four organizations creates a robust set of capabilities that serves all areas of laboratory operations, from diagnostic workflows to the collection, storage, and exchange of information.
Additionally, we constantly innovate outside the laboratory walls to embrace a wave of emerging digital diagnostic capabilities to help build cloud-native systems.
In a Forbes article, Dr. Rodney Rohde, professor of clinical laboratory science at Texas State University, said “Lab testing is the single highest-volume medical activity affecting Americans…Simply put, every time you enter a hospital or health care facility for care, your life is in the hands of a medical laboratory professional.”
HORIZON can position you to lead this critical area of the healthcare ecosystem the moment you decide to partner with us. You get immediate access to the deep lab expertise, accelerated speed, and robust capabilities of Clinisys Group so you can grow your business and expand your impact.
To learn more about how we can support your long-term operations and strategy, contact our team today.