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NZ largest private hospital group selects IBA

22 December 2005

New Zealand’s largest private hospital group selects IBA

IBA Health Limited (ASX:IBA) Australia’s leading e-health company has announced one of the most substantial multi hospital patient management projects to be awarded in New Zealand. Southern Cross Hospitals, New Zealand’s largest private hospital operator, has signed a licence and services agreement with a value in excess of $1 million together with a 5 year maintenance and support agreement valued in excess of $0.6 million, bringing the entire deal to over $1.6 million

Southern Cross operates New Zealand's largest national private surgical hospital group. This network extends from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Palmerston North, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island; to Christchurch and Invercargill in the South Island. IbaPAS, IBA’s enterprise wide web based patient management system will be implemented across the hospital group, operating from a single data centre.

Chief Operating Officer of Southern Cross Hospitals, Terry Moore said, “The IBA system is the most suitable patient administration system for the Southern Cross Hospital business. The IBA system will afford us enhanced functionally for: theatre management, interfacing with other clinical systems and contract management, while providing an excellent base to build an electronic health record.

“This implementation will form the basis of our network-wide strategy of improving the flow of administrative data and health information, giving nurses, medical specialists and allied health professionals greater flexibility in how they deliver information”, concluded Mr Moore.

Steve Garrington CEO of IBA Health said, “This is a major new hospital group for IBA - Southern Cross Hospitals are a significant provider of private surgery in the New Zealand health care market.

“Our solution, a combination of software, integration capability and implementation services, was selected over a panel of international vendors. This demonstrates the growing strength of our world class solutions.

“With IBA’s existing private hospital clients we are now the clear market leader in the Australian and New Zealand private hospital sector”, concluded Mr Garrington.

About IBA Health

IBA Health Limited (ASX-IBA) is the largest health information technology company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

IBA Health develops and sells internationally recognised software applications to manage the administrative clinical and financial needs of organisations across all health sectors. IBA Health has a global team of over 450 health and technology professionals, with installations in over 420 hospitals and clinics covering Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Middle East and South Africa. IBA Health works with healthcare providers to bring an unrivalled depth of experience to address all aspects of their partners' care delivery needs.

IBA Health is the only Australian company providing information and communication solutions across all health sectors. IBA Health delivers its systems through four business divisions: Hospitals and Clinics, Aged and Community Care, Primary Care and Payments.

In Australia IBA Health is a leading provider to over 5,000 Primary Care providers, 300 Aged and Community Care facilities, 50% of Private Hospitals, public hospitals and the Australian Defence Force. With the largest eHealth Network in the Southern Hemisphere IBA is at the forefront of transmitting both financial and clinical data to General, Specialist and Allied Health professionals, Medicare Australia and Private Health Funds

For more information on IBA Health, please visit the Company’s website at www.ibatech.com.


About Southern Cross Hospitals

Southern Cross Hospitals is part of the Southern Cross Healthcare group of businesses. The legal composition of Southern Cross Healthcare is outlined below:

1. The Southern Cross Health Trust – this is a not-for-profit charitable trust, consisting of Southern Cross Hospitals (New Zealand’s largest private surgical hospital group), and Southern Cross Travel Insurance.

2. The Southern Cross Medical Care Society – this is a not for profit Friendly Society that focuses on delivering health insurance services for both individual members and group schemes (totalling over 800,000 members). The society also has a wholly-owned subsidiary called Activa Health Limited.

For more information about Southern Cross Healthcare, visit the website at www.southerncross.co.nz.

ENDS


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