A North Shore software start-up has beaten off the likes of Philips and GM to gain a toe-hold in the lucrative Asian market.

Precept Health, which develops software for managing clinical information in operating theatres and intensive care, has won a multimillion-dollar Malaysian contract.

The Temerloh Hospital agreement was the first Asian sale for the company and was two years in the making, said general manager Vivian Ho.

Ho said the company was seeing a lot of growth in the Asian healthcare market on the back of Government infrastructure investment.

She said the contract gave the company credibility in the market and "a platform for us to launch into other deals within Malaysia and neighbouring countries".