I-health director Brian Allen says no one at i-health or sister company the Galen Group will lose their job as a result of both companies’ acquisition by iSOFT.
“The i-health EHR [electronic health record] concept is being built into iSOFT’s product set and distributed globally and New Zealand will become a centre of excellence for iSOFT.”
On the question of i-health’s receipt of $350,000 in Technology NZ funding in 2001, Allen says there is a globalisation in the healthcare market “and the route to market for most companies in the future will be through a larger company. What iSOFT is interested in is the innovation in New Zealand. It’s not taking i-health offshore; the investment is here and New Zealand will benefit from it greatly.”
I-health will become part of iSOFT’s Asia-Pacific subsidiary.
I-health makes software for use in EHRs in four versions: clinician, patient, community and organisation views.
Last year it added two more applications, referrals management and a forms toolkit, to its portfolio.
The forms toolkit has been taken up by the British NHS at its Wirral Health Informatics Service branch, where i-health has already sold parts of its EHR package.