Telstra on Cloud9 with primary and acute software acquisition

Telstra Health has added another string to its bow with the purchase of Australian-based cloud software developer Cloud9 and its partner company IdeaObject.

In acute care, Cloud9 offers a health information exchange system called Spine and an integration engine called Synchronicity, adding a hospital information system called HealthObject following its strategic merger with Indian firm IdeaObject in September last year.

HealthObject is deployed in approximately 250 hospitals and clinics in India, Thailand, Malaysia and the UAE.

Cloud9 is best known in the primary care market for the Monet clinical information and practice management system. Monet, which was first developed by Monet Technologies in the early 2000s and purchased by IBA Health in 2005, subsequently became part of iSoft in 2009 and was then sold to Cloud9 in 2011.

Monet was used extensively within the Independent Practitioner Network (IPN) group of medical centres but is being phased out and replaced by Cloud9's cloud-based GP software program Clarity. IPN originally planned to move all of its Monet users over to Clarity, but has since decided to instead roll out the full Best Practice clinical and practice management suite.

Clarity will still be used in by another Sonic Healthcare-owned medical and occupational health group, Sonic HealthPlus, formerly known as Kinetic Health.

Telstra Health managing director Shane Solomon said the acquisition was a key development in the the business's maturity and placed Telstra Health in a unique position in the eHealth market in Australia and Asia.

“Cloud9 adds real breadth to our offering, providing a highly scalable health information exchange platform and enterprise master patient index (EMPI) that will serve as core elements of our of integration infrastructure as well as flexible cloud solution for GPs,” Mr Solomon said.

“The inclusion of IdeaObject also delivers us a next generation hospital information system (C-HIS) with a strong Asian footprint to build upon. The solution embraces contemporary interoperability standards and was designed from a true global perspective in a way that accommodates many of the market idiosyncrasies that have plagued the hospital sector for decades, such as a need to support multiple languages, date formats, currencies and workflows.

“The system is also highly configurable which supports a much smoother, quicker and less costly implementation.”

Mr Solomon said the move adds a key component to Telstra Health’s connected health strategy, providing a cloud-enabled, highly flexible GP desktop solution which works seamlessly with other provider solutions across the continuum of care and offers next gen functionality in areas such as telemedicine and tele-video conferencing, health analytics and contextual real-time decision support.

Jim Flynt, currently Telstra Health’s general manager of health applications, has been appointed CEO of Cloud9 while Marc Goldman, Cloud9's founder, will serve as director of global strategy and business development. The company will continue to operate as a standalone subsidiary of Telstra Health while its capabilities will be integrated into the broader Telstra Health strategy.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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