Industry analyst Frank Scavo says Infor's intent to acquire GRASP Systems indicates the true depth of Infor's healthcare specialization.
Infor "has already acquired and built out solutions for hospitals, extended care providers, and health insurers, along with data integration functionality between healthcare providers and from medical devices," Scavo writes in a Feb. 25 post titled 'Drilling Deep into Healthcare ERP' on The Enterprise System Spectator blog.
"Today, Infor took another step to build out its operational support for healthcare providers, announcing its intent to acquire GRASP Systems International. It's an interesting move. Infor already supports healthcare workforce management (e.g. nursing staff scheduling) ... But its acquisition of GRASP will take that a step further.
"GRASP goes beyond simple scheduling of, say, nursing staff based on the number of patients. Rather it provides 'automated patient acuity,' which means it takes into account 'the unique set of interventions required for each patient.' … The ability to more precisely allocate healthcare staff not only improves productivity, thus saving money. It also improves outcomes by allocating staff according to actual needs of patients.
"Infor's acquisition of GRASP goes beyond just picking up its software products. GRASP also has a significant professional services group, which means Infor is acquiring some good healthcare industry talent as well."
Frank Scavo, The Enterprise System Spectator, Drilling Deep into Healthcare ERP, http://fscavo.blogspot.com/2014/02/drilling-deep-into-healthcare-erp.html