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June 10, 2008

Follow-up to Kardia deal

Rochester-based medical software company, Kardia Health Systems, is picking up the beat by acquiring another company.

Kardia announced the addition of Freeland Systems Monday. Freeland, based in Colorado, markets digital cardiology and serves more than 2,000 small to medium-sized medical facilities.

Freeland's focus on Web-based cardiology imaging dovetails well with Kardia’s business model as well as rapidly expanding the Rochester company’s customer base, says Wayne Schellhammer, Kardia's executive vice president of business development.

Kardia, which has based its suite of software services developed by Mayo Clinic, formed in 2006 and offers digital management for echocardiogram, vascular and congenital imaging. It has 26 people on staff and has its main office in Rochester.

The acquisition of the 28-year-old Freeland Systems almost doubled the size of Kardia by adding 25 more employees.

Schellhammer says the focus of Kardia at this stage is to help standardize interpretation of cardiology images. Mayo Clinic’s standard guidelines are embedded in the software. Doctors can follow the Mayo standards and they can also customize Kardia’s products to fit their style of interpretation.

Kardia recently signed a lease to occupy half of a floor of the new Biobusiness Center, being built on First Avenue. While Kardia plans to base staff geographically to support major customer bases and its technical development team works mostly by remote, Schellhammer says Rochester will always be valuable due to the link to Mayo Clinic.


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