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Monday, 09 August 2021 09:47

Telstra Health to acquire MedicalDirector at $350 million by Q1 FY22 Featured


Telstra Health has inked a binding agreement to acquire GP clinical and practice management software company MedicalDirector for $350 million, in a deal Telstra says reflects continued growth, and strengthening of its existing presence in the UK.

Telstra Health board chair Brendon Riley says the acquisition of MedicalDirector was a key step to create a connected and improved digital health experience for all.

“MedicalDirector supports consultations by medical practitioners through a comprehensive patient medical record, including electronic prescriptions, options for virtual consultations, patient care plans, real time alerts about drug safety and drug interaction, and a range of other functionalities,” Riley says.

“Practice management is an important addition for Telstra Health in providing quality solutions and supporting them to deliver care. Telstra Health has transformed substantially over the past five years and this announcement reflects its continuing maturity as a business,” Riley adds. “It also reflects its continued growth into a global business, including strengthening our existing presence in the UK where MedicalDirector has been establishing itself in recent years.”

Telstra Health managing director Professor Mary Foley AM says the acquisition is aligned with the company’s vision to be a leading partner to the health and aged care sectors.

“Patient care journeys move back and forth across home, clinics, hospitals, aged-care, and pharmacies. This acquisition helps realise our vision to connect and coordinate across the continuum of care, enabling smoother experiences for those who need it and provide it,” Foley notes.

“Digital solutions support operational efficiency and effectiveness and help clinicians and other care providers solve some of the complex problems they face in the delivery of care,” Foley says.

MedicalDirector CEO Matthew Bardsley says Telstra’s acquisition is a recognition of the business that MedicalDirector has built.

MedicalDirector is being acquired from funds advised by Affinity Equity Partners. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q1 FY22.

The acquisition of MedicalDirector follows Telstra Health’s recent announcement that it will acquire a majority stake in global healthcare organisation PowerHealth as part of its global growth strategy.

MedicalDirector has been trusted by healthcare practitioners for over 25 years, providing software as a service to the healthcare industry, including across electronic health records, patient, and practice management, billing, scheduling, care coordination, medicines information and clinical content.

Its SaaS solutions support general practitioners and other specialists and pharmacies in the Australian healthcare industry. It currently supports approximately 23,000 medical practitioners and is used to deliver more than 80 million consultations a year.

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