Collaboration to achieve world-first precision medicine solution gaining momentum

New Zealand partnership grows to more than 12 leading vendors

 

A groundbreaking initiative to bring together leading health IT providers, to advance precision medicine in New Zealand, has more than quadrupled its membership in two weeks.

Since Orion Health, Medtech and CSC announced they will be collaborating earlier this month, innovative New Zealand vendors such as Sysmex and Simplhealth, together with global leaders such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Microsoft, have expressed an interest in joining. Together these companies intend to create a strong national health IT grouping and NZ Inc. brand that will improve the health of millions of New Zealanders.

Orion Health, Medtech and CSC are delighted that collaboration discussions are progressing so well, with over 12 organisations now signalling their interest. Expressions of interest have come from Atlantis Healthcare Limited, Callaghan Innovation, Green Cross Health, Healthpoint Limited, Incisive Software, Konnect NET, MKM Health, NZ Trade and Enterprise, Pathway Navigator Limited.

Director of Strategy and Partnerships of Orion Health Kate Reid says customer need and delivering health outcomes for consumers will define the level and extent of the partnership agreements and how they need to be structured.  

“We are excited to be working more closely with these partners who share our joint vision of a collaborative, NZ Inc. approach to fulfilling New Zealand’s healthcare future, and welcome other New Zealand technology and service organisations to join us,” Ms Reid says.

“Precision medicine; the next exciting stage of healthcare, is upon us, and New Zealand providers can lead the way through enabling the delivery of a healthcare approach that recognises the personalised needs of individuals, while also delivering on the Government’s vision for a national electronic health record.”

James Webster, CEO of Sysmex, says: “We are in exciting times. The positive effect of these organisations all working together on the wellbeing of New Zealanders could be truly spectacular. Through strength in partnerships, the future is much closer, and Sysmex is proud to be involved.”

Jodi Mitchell, CEO of SimplHealth, says its involvement shows how fundamentally important medication intelligence is in supporting collaboration in healthcare.

“If we know more about when medications are prescribed and taken, we can better assess a nation’s health, accurately look at specific conditions and improve healthcare overall, which is central to precision medicine.”

NZ Health IT (NZHIT), the industry peak body for the health IT sector, is in strong support of the initiative, already having commitments with the NZ Health IT Board to deliver an Interoperability Charter, which will see this collaboration in action and contributing to this goal.

Scott Arrol, CEO of NZHIT says: “This is an exciting time for the New Zealand health sector. A strong industry-led collaboration, and an interoperable landscape, are integral components in supporting the development of a world-leading health system. It will help to showcase how NZ organisations, and our partners on the international stage, can work together towards enabling improved health outcomes for New Zealanders.”

Orion Health, Medtech and CSC kicked off working sessions this week, and initial discussions have commenced around potential project areas which will include additional partners over time. These projects include a collective intent to work together to resolve delays across existing projects, a better connected community and secondary care, and enriching the patient portal so individuals have a richer healthcare experience.

“All of this is working to deliver an integrated health system solution and ultimately a smarter system for precision medicine in New Zealand,” says Ms Reid.

 

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About Orion Health

At Orion Health, we are building thinking software for life. Our new generation eHealth software provides an open platform that seamlessly integrates local, regional, and national data, making it more readily available to doctors, nurses, specialists and patients themselves. We believe that our software, built on new generation technology, will give everyone healthier, happier and longer lives.

Orion Health is a truly global company with over 1200 employees across 27 offices worldwide. Orion Health continues to expand and enjoy superb growth with our solutions now implemented in over 25 countries, utilised by hundreds of thousands of clinicians in order to help facilitate care for tens of millions of patients.

For more information, visit: www.orionhealth.com

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About Computer Sciences Corporation

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is a global leader in the provision of innovative next-generation technology services and solutions. The Company's mission is to enable superior returns on our clients’ technology investments by leveraging deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community.

CSC has approximately 70,000 employees, is active in over 70 countries and globally is one of the largest Health System Integrators. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and is ranked among the best corporate citizens.

For more information, visit us at www.csc.com.

Sheila Dhillon
Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications
M: +61 423 884 848
E: sdhillon@csc.com

 

About Medtech Global

Medtech Global is a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions across primary, secondary and sub-acute health sectors, enhancing the quality of patient care for over 30 years. New Zealand based with offices in New Zealand, Australia, India, USA and UK, Medtech enables health professionals to efficiently manage their patients. Medtech’s sophisticated and user-friendly systems improve practice management, enhance patient safety and healthcare delivery, as well as ensure best practice electronic health records management and reporting. Its integrated solutions connect the health ecosystem through sharing of health information and empower individuals to manage their personal health and wellness. 

For more information, visit www.medtechglobal.com.

For more information contact:  

Vino Ramayah
Executive Chairman
Medtech Global Limited
Tel: +64 9 356 7770
Mob: +64 21 769 059
Email: vramayah@medtechglobal.com

 

About NZ Health IT (NZHIT)

With a growing membership currently standing at 100 health related organisations, NZHIT is the industry body for the health IT sector in NZ representing the majority of IT firms that operate in the sector both in New Zealand and offshore.  Membership is growing considerably as organisations and individuals from both the IT and health delivery areas (non-IT service providers) seek to be a part of the leadership provided by NZHIT through its lobbying and advocacy services.  In recent times the organisation has gone through a transformational period that has positioned it as a leading health related membership association based on a network model that encourages collaboration and integration across the wider health sector.

For more information

CEO – Scott Arrol
scott.arrol@healthit.org.nz
+64 21 414 631

 

This press release was originally published by Orion Health.