Telstra Health scores hospital contracts in Malaysia, Thailand

Telstra's health division will roll out its Arcus media records system at four hospitals

Telstra Health has won four new contracts with hospitals in Malaysia and Thailand.

Telstra's eHealth business already had a presence in Malaysia, as well as Hong Kong and India.

The new contracts involve Telstra Health’s CloudMed Arcus Hospital Information System (Arcus). Arcus provides a single medical record system for hospitals across multiple locations.

"Our Arcus product is designed to make it easier for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to treat patients, reducing the amount of time spent on paperwork and freeing up time to spend on what they do best — caring for patients," said group executive of Telstra Retail Gordon Ballantyne,

"The system is highly flexible and can support multiple languages including English, Thai and Mandarin across multiple sites while it will also be able to record both western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine data in the future."

Australia will still be the primary focus for Telstra Health, Ballantyne said.

Telstra Health launched in October last year and in FY15 it contributed income of $78 million to the telco.

Telstra has acquired a number of businesses as it builds up its eHealth operations, including healthcare analytics business Dr Foster and Anywhere Healthcare.

"In Telstra Health, over the last 18 months we have completed 15 acquisitions, investments and distribution agreements, and built capabilities across the health system including electronic prescription and dispensing, residential, aged and community care software, hospital information systems, telemedicine, health analytics and other solutions to help patients, providers and health professionals connect more efficiently," Telstra CEO Andy Penn said during a briefing on the telco's full year results earlier this month.

"We are currently integrating these acquisitions and implementing new solutions to play our part in bringing the benefits of digital to healthcare."

Last month Telstra Health officially launched its ReadyCare service, which offers 24/7 remote consultations with GPs.

Telstra Health partnered with Swiss telemedicine company Medgate for the service.

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