MedData acquires patient engagement company Duet Health

By Aditi Pai
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Brecksville, Ohio-based healthcare services company MedData (not to be confused with Medidata) has acquired Columbus, Ohio-based patient engagement company Duet Health.

“This is a game changer for our clients,” MedData CEO Ann Barnes said in a statement. “This acquisition immediately gives hospitals and providers access to some of the best tools available and a technology platform that will extend their reach and transform their approach to patient engagement. Coupled with our suite of patient-focused services, including eligibility and enrollment, third party liability, and patient reimbursement, clients have a more complete solution to deal with the growing issue of patient responsibility.”

MedData offers providers patient communication tools, revenue cycle management software, as well as consulting and analytics services for billing and coding. The company serves more than 5,000 physicians and has seven offices across the US.

Duet Health, which was founded in 2009, offered a white-label patient engagement suite for its clients that allows providers to send secure video, text, and image messages, store images, and view on-call schedules. Some of the company’s clients included OhioHealth, Cardinal Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Autism Speaks, and the CDC.

A few years ago, Duet Health got a majority investment of an undisclosed amount from Baird Capital Partners. Prior to the Baird investment, Duet Health had been largely self-funded out of the pockets of Harper and his co-founder and father, Ivan. It did, however, receive some seed money from integrated delivery network OhioHealth.