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Orion buys up Microsoft health software

Orion Health has acquired Microsoft’s hospital information software (HIS) assets and has announced intentions to work together to co-market their products.

While a spate of Kiwi tech companies have been acquired of late, Auckland-based software exporter Orion Health is bucking the trend – it's doing the acquiring, in this case, Microsoft’s hospital information software (HIS) assets, and has announced intentions to work together to co-market their products.

Ian McCraeOrion Health chief executive Ian McCrae did not disclose the amount of the deal but said the purchase was "transformative" for Asia Pacific healthcare and marked a significant milestone in the company’s vision to develop a next-generation suite of health technologies.

As a result, the firm will hire another 50 staff.
 
“The addition of the 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,” he said.

“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."
 
Orion Health will sell and market Microsoft's Hospital Information System (HIS) software as the Orion Health HPM (Health Process Management) suite. The new software will complement the company’s existing range of clinical workflow and data integration applications. 

A HIS development operation at private hospital Thai Bumrungrad will make up Orion’s fourth development centre, according to McCrae, giving the company a base from which to expand its Southeast Asian footprint.

Microsoft HIS and RIS/PACS products were marketed in Southeast Asia under the brand name Amalga HIS and Amalga RIS/PACS until July 2010 when Microsoft discontinued development and sales of the products. It continues to develop and market Amalga UIS (Unified Intelligence System), a data aggregation and analysis platform, worldwide.

Orion will combine its health information exchange and workflow software with Microsoft's data aggregation and analysis programmes outside of the Asia Pacific region.
 
Paul Viskovich, Orion Health North America president, said changing policies meant health systems were seeking to not only effectively exchange patient information, but to analyse, model and report on it. 

Microsoft health solutions group general manager Nate McLemore said it was committed to patient care in global and evolving markets.

"Through our joint efforts with eHealth leaders like Orion Health, we are addressing the unique needs and challenges of regional healthcare delivery."

Orion recently won an NZ$14 million contract to roll out electronic health records in Australia as part of a consortium, and signed a partnership deal  with PSC Inc that will see it expanding into Japan.