Healthcare-focused IT services provider MKM Health has won a $12 million contract to set up and manage an online patient referral system across Queensland.
The Alcidion subsidiary was appointed by Queensland Health to set up a Referral Service Directory (RSD) across the state over a five-year, software-as-a-service contract.
As part of the deal, MKM will implement NextGate’s Provider Registry solution to link general practice referrals to participating Queensland hospital and health services.
The contract marks MKM’s first major win since becoming a global reseller for NextGate Solutions earlier this year. Prior to this, the Sydney-based provider had partnered with NextGate to implement its Enterprise Master Patient Index solution across the Victorian public health service.
“The reseller agreement with NextGate gives us access to a market-leading, and highly complementary product set, and importantly puts us at the forefront of a major public healthcare IT project set to benefit many patients and GPs across Queensland,” Alcidion CEO Kate Quirke said.
The service will first be rolled out at Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSHHS) and Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Alcidion said.
MSHHS has also contracted MKM to integrate the solution with the hospital’s GP Smart Referrals platform, which allows GPs to create and submit electronic referrals from existing practice software.
“This contract will allow us to establish a stronger presence in Queensland, working closely with Queensland Health and in partnership with Queensland Health agencies to deliver on a high-value project,” said Quirke.
She added that the project would add $12 million to Alcidion’s revenue, which stood at $23.9 million as of September this year.
“Implementation of NextGate’s Provider Registry will enable an accurate directory and referral network of healthcare providers to give GPs timely, reliable access to referral information for more informed decision-making, enhanced workflow processes, and better clinician and patient satisfaction,” NextGate CEO Andy Aroditis said.
Adelaide-headquartered Alcidion Group acquired MKM in July 2018. Following the deal's completion, Quirke - formerly the CEO of MKM - took over from Ray Blight as Alcidion CEO.