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NZ health solution finds foothold in Asia

NZ health solution finds foothold in Asia
Auckland company Precept Health has just inked a deal to put its medical software and equipment into 39 Thai hospitals, bringing its global total to 46.

Auckland company Precept Health has just inked a deal to put its medical software and equipment into 39 Thai hospitals, bringing its global total to 46.

Precept Health - Medical Device HubPrecept has been awarded a contract to supply critical care solutions to all hospitals in the Bangkok Medica services group, starting at the flagship hospital in Bangkok.

It has created an innovative medical device hub, a little black box that integrates all patient information from several other types of machines to present a comprehensive, real-time profile for medical staff, designed to boost efficiency and accuracy.

Its products are already in Malaysia, the US, Switzerland and the Kingdom of Brunei (where it supplies all the hospitals) and chief executive Tony Blomfield says Asia is the region to watch when it comes to innovation in healthcare.

In New Zealand, Precept clients include Wellington Public Hospital, Auckland Hospital, Christchurch Hospital, Mercy Hospital Dunedin, Dunedin Public Hospital Nelson Hospital, Waikato DHB and Countries Manukau DHB.

Blomfield, a biomedical engineer, has been doing research on medical devices all his life. He realised the potential for New Zealand to compete in the global marketplace in this area back in the 80s and 90s while working for multinationals.

“I had a dream that if we could do this in New Zealand,” he says. “Why wouldn’t we?”

Precept linked up with NZTE and the MSI back in 2005, which he says helped take the company international. A visit to San Diego led to Bangkok connections and eventually Precept’s first deal with Temerloh Hospital in Malaysia.

NZTE’s programme manager of health, George Arnold, says: “When we come across a healthcare challenge, we don’t throw our hands up; we devise a solution. It’s fantastic to see companies like Precept embracing that mindset and developing cost-effective solutions that health providers around the world are looking for.”

In 2008, Red Herring Magazine picked Precept as one of the top up-and-coming private Asia-Pacific technology companies.

Precept is based at the ecentre in Albany.