Ian McCrae to retire from Orion Health

Ian McCrae, CEO of New Zealand’s largest and most successful health IT business Orion Health, has announced he is retiring next month and will hand over the baton to Fisher & Paykel exec Brad Porter.

Mr McCrae, who is at retirement age and has also been battling health issues, will remain as an executive director of the company he founded 30 years ago.

Orion Health has extensive contracts in New Zealand, Australia, the US, Europe and the Middle East, and was at one stage listed on the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges with a valuation in the billions.

It provides the clinical information systems used by the majority of hospitals in New Zealand along with the Hunter New England local health district and Justice Health in Australia.

Most of its revenue however comes from the health information exchanges its software is used for in many US states and in Europe. It has also recently signed a large deal with Saudi Arabia.

In addition to its hospital EMR and HIE expertise, Orion Health also developed the Rhapsody integration platform, which was sold to Lyniate last year.

A statement from Orion Health said Mr McCrae will continue to play a key part in the company as an executive director with a focus on products. Mr Porter, who is Mr McCrae’s son-in-law, will take over at the end of August.

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