Telstra Health acquires healthcare information system firm IdeaObject

IdeaObject, an India-based healthcare information system company, has been acquired by Telstra Health, the eHealth business unit of Australia’s largest telecommunication and technology company.

IdeaObject currently employs more than 50 staff in their development centre in Chennai and develops a host of products for large acute care facilities including its comprehensive Cloud Hospital Information System (‘C-HIS’).

The healthcare information system is currently deployed in approximately 250 hospitals and clinics across India, Thailand, Malaysia and the UAE.

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Telstra Health plans to integrate the IdeaOject business along with the business of Cloud9, an Australian based eHealth cloud software firm which has also been acquired by Telstra Health.

Jim Flynt, currently Telstra Health’s general manager of Health Applications, has been appointed chief executive officer of Cloud 9.

IdeaObject’s Indian executive management team will continue to have responsibility for the day to day operations and product development activities, as C-HIS is integrated into the broader Telstra Health strategy, the company said.

“The acquisition of both C9 and IdeaObject helps to strengthen our next generation Hospital Information System offerings to our healthcare customers whilst building on a strong Asian footprint,” Flynt said.

The healthcare information system includes clinical ancillary solutions such as pathology, pharmacy and radiology. The solution is fully cloud enabled and embraces contemporary industry interoperability standards.

According to Flynt, the product accommodates many of the market idiosyncrasies that have plagued the hospital sector for decades – especially the large off shore incumbent vendors; such as a need to support multiple languages, date formats, currencies and workflows. The system also supports a much smoother, quicker and less costly implementation.

Rajani Baburajan

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