May 25, 2012 in Business

Inland Imaging spins off IT unit

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Fast fact

Inland Imaging maintains a network of more than 2,000 radiology devices across its network.

Spokane’s growing Inland Imaging LLC has spun off an information technology 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 CEO Jon Copeland said the need for reliable, secure technology services in health care is similar to the systems-based “smart grid” effort occurring in the energy industry.

Nuvodia – a name chosen to suggest “new day” – was incorporated the start of this year. Its website and formal launch will come June 1.

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

He went to work in 1996 as the chief information officer for Inland Imaging, one of the area’s largest providers of medical radiology and diagnostic services. It has 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 Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence 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 are now part of Nuvodia and will generate about $20 million in revenue in 2012, Copeland said. The new firm has 80 employees, and 65 of those are in Spokane.

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


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