Acquisition advances digital and mobile communications platform

Hill-Rom Holdings has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Voalte, a pioneer in real-time, mobile healthcare communications, for a cash consideration of $180 million. - and up to an additional $15 m in payments related to the achievement of certain commercial milestones.

The acquisition of Voalte accelerates Hill-Rom’s position in care communications and advances the company’s digital and mobile communications platform and capabilities.

Voalte was founded in 2008 with a vision to simplify communications and improve workflows and outcomes across the healthcare system. The company, based in Sarasota, Florida, currently serves more than 200 healthcare customers with more than 84,000 devices on its mobile platform. With annual revenue approaching $40 m, Voalte’s communications platform currently connects 220,000 caregivers across the healthcare enterprise. Supporting voice, alarm and text communications, it will be integrated with Hill-Rom’s care communications business. This combination will further strengthen Hill-Rom’s connected systems, including smart hospital beds, vital signs monitors, the LINQ Mobile application and its evolving digital offering, to deliver better care to patients and their care teams.

“Interoperability and connectivity have become critical elements in providing quality healthcare, reducing length of stay and driving efficiencies across the healthcare continuum,” said John P. Groetelaars, president and CEO of Hill-Rom. “This transaction strategically fits with our vision of advancing connected care to improve workflow and real-time actionable insights at the point of care, while driving accelerated growth and delivering an attractive margin profile. We look forward to welcoming and working closely with the talented Voalte team, and benefiting from Voalte’s technology, capabilities and substantial installed customer base to enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers.”

“Our scalable enterprise communication platform is proving to be a critical tool in the digital transformation of healthcare systems, and we look forward to further developing our platform in alignment with Hill-Rom’s vision of advancing connected care,” said Trey Lauderdale, CEO of Voalte. “Bringing our companies together will allow us to offer customers a single, integrated solution – delivering actionable data from smart hospital beds, nurse call and patient monitoring technology right to a caregiver’s mobile device.”

Hill-Rom expects this transaction to close during its fiscal third quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions.