Orion Health to build Auckland analytics team for big data push
New Zealand's Orion Health has poached Peter McCallum, the former head of data and insights at Spark's data solutions company Qrious, to head up its Auckland-based analytics team as part of the company's push into precision medicine and big data.
Orion Health is embarking on a hiring program to build its analytics capability, with Mr McCallum calling for software engineers with experience in Apache Spark, ElasticSearch, Cassandra, Java, Scala, Python or R to get in touch.
The company uses a range of these technologies in its new Amadeus big data and precision medicine platform, which Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae said had already been deployed in six sites in North America.
Mr McCrae said the company was focused on boosting its ability to provide data insights to users to help them improve healthcare delivery.
“We already have a talented analytics team based at our US headquarters in Arizona, but we need a team in Auckland where the majority of our research and development team of over 500 people are based,” Mr McCrae said in a statement.
“Machine learning is becoming increasingly important in the delivery of software that enables the practice of precision medicine or personalised healthcare.”
Mr McCallum said the potential gains to be made in the health analytics sector were enormous, and Orion Health was well placed to drive the application of machine learning and advanced analytics in healthcare globally.
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