Orion Health heads into China

Auckland-based Orion Health is on an aggressive staff recruitment program to further expand its market share in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.

Announcing an increase of 28 per cent on its operating revenue in the first six months of the financial year to September 2011, Orion's CEO Ian McCrae said most of that increase had come from the Australian market.

The company is aiming to capitalise on the announcement of the personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR).

Orion Health is currently seeking more than 100 developers and implementation and project management staff both in New Zealand and overseas.

It has also recently secured two significant business wins in China, less than a year after entering the market.

Its first contract in China was an order for 50 licenses of its Rhapsody Integration Engine into the public health and hospital integration sector through local partner Shanghai Kingstar Winning.

Orion Health COO Kimbal Riley said further orders will follow as the project in Shanghai expands.

"Rolling on from that, we have just won an order with Rhapsody for an 11-hospital integration project in Shenzhen Guangdong province through our partner Beijing Sinodata," he said.

"Implementation has already begun at the initial hospital, the 2000-bed Hong Kong University Shenzhen Hospital (Binhai Hospital), which gives some indication of the size and scale of the Chinese market."

McCrae described Orion Health as the leading healthcare IT software vendor in health information exchange.

In New Zealand, the company is ranked in the annual TIN 100 report as one of the top three fastest growing tech companies.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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