Austco combines with Sedco for nurse call

The owner of Australian nurse call system manufacturer Austco Communications has acquired the assets of rival Sedco Communications, which went into voluntary administration in late November.

Sedco manufactured nurse call systems and paging systems and had offices in Australia and New Zealand. Its customer base and manufacturing facilities have now been taken over by Austco, which makes the Tacera IP-based nurse call range.

Sedco is understood to have over 2000 installations throughout Australia. It specialised in the acute and aged care sectors, where it also marketed a range of dementia management tools using visual and audible alarms such as automatically switching on lights when residents get out of bed.

Robert Grey, chairman of Austco's parent company Azure Healthcare, said in a statement that Austco would consolidate Sedco's manufacturing facility into its own and would continue to support Sedco's customers.

“Over the coming months, our focus will be on integrating the Sedco and Austco brands into a unified platform, taking the ‘best of breed’ solutions from both companies,” Mr Grey said.

“As a competitor, both companies were duplicating development efforts and this acquisition will enable us to streamline these efforts and substantially reduce the combined R&D expenditure. Additionally, both businesses have developed complementary solutions, which enables us to cross sell products and services throughout the customer base.”

Austco has also recently signed a large agreement with Honeywell Canada to supply and install the Tacera nurse call system at the new Oakville Hospital in Ontario.

The $2 billion hospital has commenced construction and is expected to be completed by 2015. It will include real-time patient telemetry, real-time location systems, patient flow, digital signage and Cisco wireless phones.

Tacera is an IP solution in which all system components are fully IP configurable and have their own unique address for system management. Austco's solution enables alerts such as tachycardia, bradycardia, arrhythmia, respiratory alerts and blood oxygen saturation alerts to be dispatched to mobile staff.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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