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Lexmark buys medical imaging technology firm Claron Technology for $37 million

Logo behind reception desk at Lexmark in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 28, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Logo behind reception desk at Lexmark in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 28, 2012. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexmark International announced Monday that the Lexington-based company has acquired Toronto-based Claron Technology Inc., a leading provider of medical image technology, in a $37 million all-cash transaction.

According to a news release, Claron's medical image viewing platform offers Web-based access to patient imaging, enabling referring physicians, clinicians and specialists to view and collaborate in real time to improve patient care.

Claron will report to Lexmark's Perceptive Software. Claron and Lexmark's previous health care technology acquisitions — Acuo, PACSGEAR and GNAX — will enable Perceptive Software to further expand its medical content management strategy, Lexmark said. As part of the transaction, the surgical navigation portion of Claron will not transfer to Lexmark and will operate under the name Claronav, the company said.

"Digital content in all forms continues to exponentially grow, particularly in health care. Physicians, other providers and the health information exchanges must be equipped to utilize this content more quickly and collaborate more efficiently to better serve patients," said Paul Rooke, Lexmark's chairman and CEO. "The acquisition of Claron further differentiates Lexmark by providing solutions to help physicians and providers view images across devices and the enterprise, enabling better collaboration and patient care."

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