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Keane's latest acquisition

Keane continues its acquisition spree by agreeing to buy First Coast Systems, a developer of software for the health care industry.

Keane today continued its acquisition spree by agreeing to buy First Coast Systems, a developer of software for the health care industry.

Today's deal marks the latest in a series of acquisitions intended to expand the consulting firm's geographic and services reach as it shifts away from Y2K services.

Financial terms of today's deal were not disclosed. Following the acquisition, privately-held First Coast, which employs about 100 workers, will be folded into Keane's healthcare business unit, both companies said. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Two weeks ago, Keane acquired Anstec, a consulting firm focused on federal government contracts.

Earlier this year, Keane bought Jamison/Gold, which develops Internet systems using Web technologies such as Java, Shockwave/Flash, streaming audio and video, and e-commerce applications.

Keane said First Coast, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., offers a range of IBM AS/400-based systems and services for the healthcare industry. Keane said it will combine First Coast's flagship product, the Advanced Patient Care Delivery System (APaCS), with Keane's healthcare services offerings.

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