Feb 2, 2022 - Health

PointClickCare to buy Audacious Inquiry in a health tech move

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

PointClickCare is set to buy Audacious Inquiry in a deal valued north of $400 million, sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Audacious Inquiry reflects the rise of so-called data-driven software-as-a-service or data-as-a-service models that are taking shape in health care, and ultimately playing a crucial role as enablers of value-based care.

  • Other companies of this vein are Collective Medical, which PointClickCare acquired for $650 million just over a year ago, and PatientPing, which Clearlake Capital- and Insight Partners-backed Appriss bought last March in an approximately $500 million deal.
  • PointClickCare and Audacious Inquiry declined to comment on the terms of the deal.

How it works: Audacious Inquiry's software provides real-time notifications between different constituents whenever a shared patient interacts with the health care system. The software works with health systems and risk-bearing providers, health plans and public health agencies.

  • “By connecting all those points of care,” PointClickCare president Julieann Esper Rainville tells Axios, “it enables disperse care teams to have real-time visibility into where that patient is showing up, so they can proactively intervene and make good care decisions at critical moments.”
  • That, ideally, results in better care at lower costs, which might be reflected by lower emergency department utilization, reduced readmissions, or prevention of unnecessary procedures and tests.

Zoom in: With this deal, PointClickCare advances its mission to enhance care coordination for older and vulnerable populations by unlocking valuable data.

  • With Audacious Inquiry, PointClickCare also gains PULSE, a tool that enables timely access to clinical and medication histories when there is a disaster situation, like a hurricane or a fire.
  • By pulling together Collective Medical of Salt Lake City and Audacious Inquiry of Baltimore, PointClickCare also gains complementary geographic networks.
  • If you’re a national insurance company, “being able to track [people] across states is really important,” Rainville explains.

What's next: PointClickCare despite its scale and growth has no plans to go public anytime soon.

  • “We are very, very happy being private,” Rainville says, adding that more M&A could be on the horizon.
  • PointClickCare overall is growing ARR at a 20% to 25% rate annually, while its smaller acute payor business is looking at 40% to 50% ARR growth, Rainville says. Excluding Audacious Inquiry, ARR sits at around $500 million today.

Catch up quick: Hellman & Friedman and Dragoneer Investment Group invested in PointClickCare about a year ago at a reported valuation of $4 billion.

  • Audacious Inquiry’s previous investors include TT Capital Partners, Frist, Cressey Ventures and ABS Capital Partners.
  • Deutsche Bank is advising Audacious Inquiry, while JPMorgan is leading debt financing on the acquisition, and Goodwin Procter and PwC are working with PointClickCare, Rainville says.
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