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Social Care Shake Up: UK’s leading digital care planning provider acquires market leader in electronic medication management in major move to improve delivery of care

The UK’s leading digital care planning provider has acquired the market leader in electronic medication management – marking a significant turning point in the delivery of care between health and social care services.

Person Centred Software, providers of the country’s most widely used digital care management system, has acquired Atlas eMAR, a medication management system that digitally links care homes to GP prescribing systems and the supplying pharmacy – a move that brings two ‘best-of-breed’ technologies under the same umbrella to improve the quality of life for people in social care.

Having already been in partnership with each other for five years through their integrated products, the acquisition is the next step in providing one truly interoperable eco-system of care, which has been described as a “game-changer” to the way digital information is shared between health and social care. 

Atlas, widely recognised as the industry’s leading eMAR system, operates in 165 pharmacies and more than 700 care homes across Scotland, England and Wales. The company will bring its wealth of expertise in medication management to the unique partnership, enabling the more than 3,000 care home users of Person Centred Software’s Digital Care System to benefit from an improved flow of information across the products, where health and social care are combined. 

Whilst Atlas will continue its partnerships with other digital care planning systems and Person Centred Software will also continue in its relationships with other eMAR systems, those who choose to use both products will experience an enhanced level of integration – benefitting from a unified eco-system of care that is delivered from the two market leaders in their respective fields.

Speaking of the acquisition, Jonathan Papworth, founder of Person Centred Software, said: “I have been impressed with the proven capabilities built into Atlas, alongside the unique level of integration across GPs and pharmacies. Atlas is joining our family of social care products to provide best-in-class clinical software for our global customers, from digital care records to medication management and beyond. This will provide our joint customers with the opportunity to have full interoperability across our products,
as well as the most comprehensive and capable integration with healthcare systems.”

Tariq Muhammad, Invatech Health CEO and founder of Atlas, said: “Many years ago, my team and I set out to solve the challenges that care homes faced with managing medicines. This journey saw us create the UK’s first eMAR system and gave rise to Atlas, which has contributed to outstanding efficiencies and medication safety in care homes. I have long admired the ethos of Jonathan and the team at Person Centred Software as they share the same conviction to improve care and quality in social care. I am very proud to see Atlas continue its journey from this point onwards as part of the Person Centred Software family, where I know the combination of two great products will deliver game-changing services to the care sector.”

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