Our history

EMIS Group began in March 1987 as Egton Medical Information Systems by Dr Peter Sowerby and Dr David Stables, both GPs in Egton, North Yorkshire, and Tony Jones.

They identified an opportunity to develop and supply practice management software to GP practices at a time when GPs’ systems and records were largely paper based.

The Group’s first GP clinical software, named ‘EMIS’, had a character-based user interface and was developed from 1987, with full commercial roll-out taking place in 1990.

In 1999 the company established Egton, the hardware, engineering and technical services arm of EMIS. With a focus on keeping IT healthy, to this day many organisations both in and outside the healthcare industry rely on Egton to keep their IT running smoothly 24/7.

In April 2008, as part of a management buyout, the whole of EMIS’ issued share capital was acquired by EMIS Group, a company specifically incorporated for the purposes of this transaction.

EMIS Group was listed on the AIM market in 2010.

Expansion

In 2010 the Group acquired Rx Systems, providing software to community pharmacies across the UK for managing dispensing and patients’ medications.

EMIS Group acquired Ascribe and Digital Healthcare in 2013, leading software and IT services providers to secondary care and diabetic retinopathy respectively.

Since then EMIS has acquired a number of small businesses, integrating them into the Group to expand capabilities and the product portfolio. This includes Indigo 4, Pinbellcom and Dovetail Digital Limited ("Dovetail Lab")

Recent acquisitions 

Part of the Group’s strategy is to grow by acquisition in the EMIS Enterprise sector, particularly focussed on the growth areas of data and analytics and integrated healthcare.

In March 2020, EMIS Group acquired Pinnacle Health Partnership LLP and Pinnacle Systems Management Ltd – owners and operators of PharmOutcomes, used by more than 11,000 community pharmacies. Pinnacle's Outcomes4Health software was adapted for use by the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, and supported more than 100 million vaccinations in a little over a year during the pandemic. 

In January 2022, the Group completed the acquisition of Edenbridge Healthcare Limited, a leading provider of business intelligence tools for GP practices, federations and commissioners. It will expand our capabilities in the growing data and analytics markets by providing real-time insight to support GP practice access, efficiency, transformation and workforce planning.

EMIS completed the acquisition of FourteenFish Limited in March 2022, adding a specialist knowledge of GP medical appraisals and training to the Group. FourteenFish is the chosen training system of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)’s training and will join EMIS Health to strengthen the Group’s training proposition.

EMIS Group today

Today EMIS Group’s products and services are used by 10,000 healthcare organisations across the UK. Our unique reach means we’re helping our customers join up healthcare in a cost-effective, efficient and practical manner, and that’s one of the reasons why we’re continuing to grow successfully in all of our sectors.

EMIS Group: supporting longer and healthier lives.