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Two Seattle-based healthcare companies are teaming up to help improve the way patients use digital tools to engage with care providers.

SCI Solutions, a 19-year-old healthcare IT provider, has acquired DatStat, a Seattle startup that builds self-service patient health data collection technology and works with clients like Seattle Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Washington.

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Financial terms were not disclosed. DatStat’s 21 employees will join SCI Solutions, which now counts 135 total employees.

“By partnering with DatStat’s team of professionals, SCI Solutions will eliminate the divide between today’s complex health enterprises and individuals wanting to be personally engaged, understood and involved in their care,” SCI Solutions Joel French said in a statement. “These software tools will foster sustainable growth for providers and improve health and satisfaction for participating patients.”

SCI Solutions develops patient scheduling, referral management and revenue cycle software for more than 13,000 physician practices and 1,000 hospitals. It will integrate DatStat into its platform, adding more than 100 medical centers that use DatStat’s services for pre-visit preparation, secure messaging, visit summaries, and more. This is SCI Solutions’ second acquisition; it bought Seattle-area company Clarity Health in 2015.

“Linking DatStat’s consumer outreach platform with the national care coordination network of SCI Solutions will bring to market a more meaningful approach for how patients control and manage their health, while enabling providers to use a more modern way to attract and retain patients,” DatStat CEO and co-founder Elizabeth Miller said in a statement.

Miller co-founded DatStat more than two decades ago. The company originally focused on building software for researchers, but expanded after Miller helped her husband get through cancer treatment and realized inefficiencies with personalized patient care. You can read her story here.

There were 967 health services deals last year, which was down slightly from 2016 but deal value was up 146 percent to $175.2 billion, according to a PwC report. Another Seattle healthcare startup, C-SATS, was acquired by Johnson & Johnson on Thursday.

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