Spok Boosting Minnesota Staff by 45 Percent
National health care communications company Spok Inc. plans to expand its presence in Minnesota by adding more than 60 jobs over the next two years. The new jobs will boost the company’s local staff by 45 percent. Spok’s local office is in Eden Prairie. The company currently has 135 employees here, more than 20 percent of its total of 600 employees.
Spok—pronounced “spoke”—provides what it defines as “critical communications” services for health care, government and large company customers. For example, federal HIPAA regulations do not allow medical providers to send patient information over mobile devices unless it is encrypted. One of Spok’s offerings is an app that encrypts such sensitive data.
Approximately two-thirds of the company’s revenue comes from health care clients.
Springfield, Virginia-based Spok Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings Inc., a publicly traded company. The company reported revenue of $189.6 million and net income of $84.2 million for 2015. (Its net income was higher than normal due to an income tax benefit.)
The company has strong ties to Minneapolis. The current firm was created in 2011 after Virginia-based USA Mobility Inc. acquired Amcom Software, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1984, for $163.3 million. The combined companies began doing business as Spok in 2014.