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Inland Imaging spins off its own tech services company, Nuvodia

Spokane’s growing Inland Imaging LLC has spun off an IT subsidiary, Nuvodia, with plans to become a nationwide provider of technology integration and services.

During a Thursday breakfast hosted by Spokane group Connect Northwest, Nuvodia’s CEO Jon Copeland said the need for reliable, secure technology services in health care is similar to the growing “smart grid” effort across the energy industry.

Nuvodia — a name chosen to suggest “new day” — was incorporated the start of this year. But Copeland said its website and formal launch will come on June 1.

While health care is the obvious first focus, Nuvodia will also extend into other sectors, including accounting and energy, Copeland said.

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He went to work in 1996 as the chief information officer for Inland Imaging.  

Inland Imaging is one of the area’s largest providers of medical radiology and diagnostic services, with more than 500 workers across its service area, which includes parts of Arizona.  In 1998 it became a joint venture, selling a share of the company to Providence Health Care, which operates Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital.

As radiology grew more complex and tech-based, Copeland and Inland Imaging CEO Steve Duvoisin saw opportunities to separate Inland’s technology-service component into a stand-alone enterprise.  Inland Imaging maintains a network of more than 2,000 imaging and communication devices.

In the past two years Inland Imaging broadened its IT reach by acquiring TROI IT, a Spokane-based technology firm, and Quick Study Radiology, a St. Louis-based firm offering medical imaging and record archiving. Those units are now part of Nuvodia, and will generate about $20 million in revenue in 2012, Copeland said.

The customer need for integrated and rock-solid technology services keeps increasing, Copeland noted. The success of Inland Imaging in maintaining a large network will help in landing new deals and extending its reach across the country, he added.

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