The ongoing efforts of Australian software firm, IBA Healthcare to buy trouble software maker, iSoft has been boosted by a majority shareholder vote in favour of the takeover.

iSoft, whose Lorenzo clinical records system central to the £12-billion National Health Service (NHS) IT transformation programme, has been dogged by board politics since IBA offered to buy the financially ailing software firm in May.

More than 97% voted in favour of the merger, which stalled after key NHS contractor CSC moved to block the sale over concerns about the ability of IBA Health to deliver on the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) Lorenzo deployment schedule.

CSC has allowed the sale to go ahead after iSoft agreed to let the contractor take on more of the delivery management for the project itself.

But the deal is still subject to a hearing in the High Court of Justice on 25 July before it can proceed.