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Cerner Completes Purchase Of Siemens Health IT Division

Elana Gordon

Health information technology giant Cerner has just gotten bigger.

The Kansas City-based company finalized its purchase of Siemens’ Health Services, a health information technology division, on Monday.

With the $1.3 billion all-cash purchase, Cerner increased its payroll by about a third to more than 21,000.

Cerner says the deal, which was announced in August, will boost annual revenues to between $4.8 billion and $5 billion in 2015, up from $3 billion in 2013, the last year for which figures are available.

It will also double the number of countries the company operates in.

The acquisition does not reflect a change in Cerner's approach to business, according to a company representative.

“Cerner’s strategy around growth hasn’t actually changed," says Julie Wilson, Cerner executive vice president and chief people officer.  "We will continue to grow organically. We will continue to leverage our knowledge and depth and strength in and around healthcare and technology to expand our reach even further.”

The company has no plans to relocate Siemens workers to Kansas City.

Alex Smith is a reporter for KCUR, a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team.

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