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Charming: Telstra Health’s strategic alliance with Charm Health

30 July 2015 – Telstra Health today announced its wholly owned related entity, Emerging Systems has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for the formation of a strategic alliance with Brisbane based specialist oncology information system provider, Charm Health. The primary objective of the alliance will be to  enable the integration of Charm’s medical oncology information system into a broader hospital electronic medical record system operated by Emerging Systems.

Charm Health is Australia’s leading developer and supplier of specialist oncology eHealth systems supporting the delivery of more efficient, cost effective and safer health care services in the complex medical environment of cancer care. The integration of the Charm system into the Emerging platform will enable hospitals to provide a more comprehensive medical record for cancer patients, including populating e-discharge summaries for GPs and uploading into the PCEHR.

Russel Duncan, Managing Director of Emerging Systems, said that the formation of this partnership will help build on the ambition for a connected healthcare system to deliver better results for patients.

 “Telstra Health has built its strategy on connecting and integrating the various components of the health system. This partnership is another example of bringing that strategy to life, making it easier for hospitals by removing the worry about needing to tailor solutions to ensure interoperability, while also allowing better information sharing across the continuum of care - including hospital, primary and ambulatory care settings,” Mr Duncan said.

 “In the past decade over 65,000 patients have had their cancer treatment managed by Charm Health solutions, making them a clear market leader and we think there are great synergies that will ultimately mean a better outcome for patients.”

Gary Lakin, Chief Executive Officer of Charm Health, said the arrangement would make Australian based health IT solutions more appealing in a market that still has a tendency to be drawn to international solutions requiring significant changes to fit Australian conditions.

 “We’re a proud Australian company with an intimate understanding of Australian health requirements. Working with Telstra Health provides a chance to build on this and offer a better solution for Australian cancer patients and hospitals,” Mr Lakin said.

About Telstra Health

Telstra Health is a provider of eHealth solutions with the ambition to create a better health system for patients, providers and health insurers. Telstra Health aims to be the partner of choice and is working with medical experts, the health sector, government, funders as well as the world’s best and most innovative eHealth companies to build a future where eHealth solutions are integrated together to create a brilliantly different health care system. Telstra Health is a business division of Telstra Corporation, Australia’s leading telecommunications company. For more information visit www.telstra.com/health

About Charm Health

Charm Health is Australia’s leading supplier of specialist oncology eHealth systems with 45 successful deployments to Australian public and private cancer care providers since 2000.  In the past decade over 65,000 patients have had their treatment managed using Charm Health solutions.  Charm Health’s flagship product CHARM™ delivers comprehensive multi-site functionality that manages the clinical and administrative coordination of all aspects of a patient’s cancer care. Charm Health solutions mitigate compliance, clinical, financial and administrative risk by ensuring the most up to date patient information is available to all healthcare providers, in real time, when making important clinical and prescribing decisions. Charm Health is a portfolio company of the OneVentures Innovation Fund.

Read more about Charm Health at:  www.charmhealth.com.au


Media release: 0XX/2015
Media contact: Telstra: Steve Carey Phone: 0413 988 640 Email: media@team.telstra.com
Charm:  Gary Lakin, CEO Charm Health, Phone 0400 808 504 Email: gary.lakin@charmhealth.com.au