March 17, 2022
🍀 Happy St. Patrick's Day, Health Tech fanatics!
🔐 1 big thing: Imprivata unlocks provider access
Imprivata CEO Gus Malezis tells Sarah he believes his Thoma Bravo-backed company is building out an essential digital identity technology framework for health care.
Why it matters: Doctors and nurses need access to hundreds of applications to care for patients, but patient privacy laws and cybersecurity threats make that increasingly complex.
- At ViVE Miami, Malezis said more organizations are starting to pay attention to this “massive issue” after they've gone through EHR implementation.
- “Quite often EHR/EMR has multiple gates of login,” Malezis says. “It’s hundreds of times you have to log in within a shift.”
How it works: Imprivata’s tools allow health care workers — in patient rooms and at nursing stations — access to a constellation of applications using a single sign-on, either via a finger or badge tap.
- That restores roughly 30 to 45 minutes of a daily shift back to every provider, Malezis says.
- Users of course like this, and from an organizational standpoint, it helps reduce burnout while ideally increasing productivity.
Yes, and: The Lexington, Massachusetts-based company has been on investors' M&A watch lists for some time.
- Two years ago, sellers, including Imprivata, postponed sale processes (many indefinitely) as investors and execs hashed out the severity of COVID-19 impacts on financial markets.
- Malezis says the decision to step back let Imprivata develop its vision and focus on company operations, employees and customers.
- Before pressing pause, Imprivata was anticipated to price at north of $2 billion based upon approximately $140 million of estimated 2020 EBITDA, Sarah wrote then.
Fast forward: Imprivata now generates $180 million of EBITDA on approximately $330 million of revenue, with the top line trending toward $400 million-plus its current fiscal year, the CEO says.
- Its February agreement to buy SecureLink will bring the next phase of growth, or what Malezis likes to call "Imprivata 3.0."
- SecureLink provides appropriate access for nonemployee, third-party vendors at hospitals that are accessing devices like an MRI machine.
Reality check: With more provider access, you’re also giving the bad actors more of a surface area to attack.
- “As we elevate access we also have to think about how we strengthen cyber controls,” Malezis says, acknowledging that threats have escalated by at least 50% to 60% over the last 24 months.
- Insurance providers have also become incredibly more demanding, he says, "because of the advent of heavy ransomware and the expense of recovering those systems and the expense of recovering [from] general hacks."
The bottom line: As Imprivata executes its vision of making provider access “efficient, simple and invisible,” it's likely reaching a scale that ought to draw attention from large buyout funds, strategics or secondary investors.
- The CEO declined to say when Imprivata might return to the auction block but says the opportunity to consolidate the market's fragmented set of tools remains vast.