Hills Health Solutions - 2014 Update


Hills Health Solutions acquired HTR (Hospital Television Rentals), Australia’s number one provider of television, telephony and Wi-Fi solutions for hospitals and aged care facilities, on the 4th September 2013, and Merlon Technologies, manufacturers of IP nurse call systems, on the 1st October 2013.  Each company has in excess 40 years’ experience in the healthcare industry.

Merlon Technologies has developed an outstanding reputation for innovative nurse call solutions using IP technology.  Their solution includes design, supply, installation and maintenance services to major hospitals and aged care facilities throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Merlon is number two in market share and is the leading producer of IP nurse call solutions.  Some examples of recent projects completed by Merlon include the nurse call systems for the 318 bed, expanded Mackay Base Hospital, the redeveloped Townsville Hospital, and the state of the art Holland Park facility owned by Southern Cross Care.  This facility includes 130 Aged Care beds with 150 Independent Living Units.

HTR (Hospital Television Rentals) is the largest supplier, installer and operator of specialist patient entertainment systems. Delivering patient focused services, HTR provides systems and services to over 80 major hospitals and aged care facilities located in every state in Australia.  HTR recently completed the rollout of a new managed patient entertainment system into 150 beds at Tweed Heads Hospital.  Other recent wins include the digital upgrade of the hospital TVs at Wollongong, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Port Kembla, Bulli and Coledale Hospitals. This project involved the replacement of more than 600 TVs.

On a combined basis Hills has a presence in over 300 Australian hospitals and aged care facilities servicing approximately 40,000 beds.

Hills is focused on its transformation to a provider of integrated solutions into trusted environments, including the entry into interactive patient care in Health.

Interactive Patient Care (IPC) emphasises the provision of information, entertainment, educational and clinical resources to the patient at the bedside. This includes patient-facing interfaces such as mobile, Smart TV, and social applications including a self-service patient portal. By acquiring Merlon and HTR contemporaneously Hills moves into the number one position in IPC in Australia. This move will be complemented by further investments in the sector which are currently being scoped including wireless networking and technology infrastructure to enable telehealth, telemonitoring, e-health services and telemedicine.