Orion Health acquires Microsoft products, announces partnership

Orion Health has announced the acquisition of a suite of Microsoft health software solutions marketed throughout Southeast Asia under the brand names Amalga HIS (Hospital Information System) and Amalga RIS/PACS.

The products, which were acquired from Global Care Solutions by Microsoft in 2007, were withdrawn from sale in 2010. Microsoft has stated that their decision to make the products available for acquisition by Orion Health was part of a move to shift “resources to focus on the Amalga Unified Intelligence System in order to align with the company’s broader health IT strategy”.

The hospital information system is currently deployed in five hospitals throughout Southeast Asia, one in each of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, and the Philippines. While not a large footprint when compared with other hospital information system deployments, Wayne Oxenham, Vice President — Asia and New Zealand, Orion Health, said that under Microsoft stewardship, the product had been completely overhauled, which could give its new owner a competitive advantage.

“Microsoft focused a lot on the technology, and brought it from an old VB platform onto the latest .Net technology stack. They spent three years doing this development work, which is great for Orion Health.”

Orion Health indicated it will sell and market the HIS and RIS/PACS software as Orion Health HPM (Health Process Management) suite. The software will complement the company’s existing range of clinical workflow and data integration applications. Some of these products are to be used as part of the core infrastructure for Australia’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record, Orion Health having recently been selected as a member of the National Infrastructure Partner consortium, which also includes Oracle and Accenture.

Complementing the product acquisition arrangements, the two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining their intent to co-market their health information exchange (HIE) and data aggregation and analysis products — Orion Health HIE and Microsoft Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS) — to the public and private HIE and integrated delivery network (IDN) markets.

Announcing the product acquisitions and partnership, Orion Health CEO, Ian McCrae said the addition of Microsoft’s HIS assets “is a natural extension of Orion Health’s portfolio of products that enable us to offer a complete solution to a wide range of hospitals and health organisations in Asia Pacific.

“The health sector in a number of Asia Pacific countries is overdue to make the transformative leap to the next generation of systems which integrate the complete healthcare ecosystem, rather than siloing information in individual organisations or facilities.”

As part of the acquisition of Microsoft’s Hospital Information System, Ian McCrae indicated that Orion Health will integrate a software development team of around 60 staff located in Thailand, providing the rapidly growing organisation with more engineering resources and a base from which to expand its Southeast Asian operations.

“The Thailand HIS development operation is absolutely world class and will be Orion Health’s fourth development centre, the others being Auckland, Christchurch and Canberra,” he said.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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