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iSOFT to acquire HP’s healthcare application biz

iSOFT to acquire HP’s healthcare application business

iSOFT continues investment in New Zealand Healthcare market

Auckland, New Zealand, 6 October 2004 – iSOFT, one of the world’s leading suppliers of application systems for hospitals and healthcare organisations today announced it has been given clearance to complete the acquisition of Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) New Zealand healthcare application support business.

The purchase will position iSOFT as the leading supplier of patient administration systems (PAS) in New Zealand.

Nigel Lutton, Managing Director of iSOFT’s Australia & New Zealand business, highlighted the importance which the transaction plays in further underlining iSOFT’s commitment to the New Zealand healthcare community. This carefully selected acquisition enhances iSOFT’s existing portfolio in New Zealand following purchase of health software companies’ i-Health and Galen earlier in the year.

“The purchase of HP’s New Zealand application business is a significant progression in our long-term strategy for iSOFT’s development in the country. This acquisition brings a substantial customer base, which provides a strong foundation for sustained investment into the New Zealand healthcare community.

“Through our existing infrastructure we are fully prepared for the transition of HP’s healthcare customers to iSOFT. We will continue to provide the exceptional service and support for software for which we are recognised and have a significant degree of expertise. We have a large customer base in Australia which currently have similar products already deployed and we have been supporting these hospitals successfully since the early 1990s.”

Commenting on the improved relationship with HP in New Zealand, Nigel Lutton continued, “HP continues to be a significant player in the hardware and infrastructure services aspect of the market for a number of our existing customers and we believe there is significant opportunity for both firms to strengthen healthcare computing in New Zealand. By combining technology and resources in order to offer innovative service and application solutions to the market, we are able to deliver compelling solutions to our customers.”

Andrew Murray, Country Manager, Consulting & Integration for HP New Zealand, says the transaction will ensure that customers benefit from iSOFT’s international experience.

“We believe that it is in the best interest of our customers to position the healthcare patient management business with a company that has a strategic health focus together with a development roadmap and technical expertise to deliver best-of-breed solutions in New Zealand.”

Current users of the systems include Canterbury DHB, Mid-Central DHB, Nelson Marlborough DHB, Otago DHB and Whanganui DHB.

iSOFT’s deep domain experience has shown that connecting numerous healthcare organisations can lay the foundations for a comprehensive electronic health record. These foundations can then form the basis on which healthcare communities are able to create a single, comprehensive birth to grave record for a patient, covering the complete spectrum of care – combining hospital records, with GPs, specialists and community caregivers. This not only benefits healthcare professionals by providing detailed patient information at the point of care, but also the citizen who is ultimately the consumer of healthcare services.

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