Telstra is expanding its capabilities in the ehealth arena after purchasing the health division of Database Consultants Australia (DCA), for an undisclosed sum.
DCA provides community care software, eHealth secure messaging software for general practitioners, health directory database development and support services.
Telstra head of health, Shane Solomon, said the acquisition aligned with its strategy of developing new growth businesses and building its health portfolio.
“DCA Health will be an important asset as we continue to build capability in this area,” Solomon said in a statement.
“Connectivity will play a crucial role in the future delivery and management of health services.
Solomon said it will enable Telstra to play a significant role in care co-ordination for people receiving health care at home, improve connectivity of health services through its national Health Service Directory, and securely transfer confidential patient information between hospitals, doctors and other community health service providers.
DCA Health CEO, Declan Ryan, said the process of divesting the business was carefully conducted and it provided an opportunity for its management team to implement ambitious business plans and expand its suite of ICT services across the country.
The acquisition follows recent investments for Telstra in electronic health record specialist IPHealth and online health directory company, Health Engine.