By Ylexis Kyle-Michael R. Rualo
Seeking to establish the Philippines as its Southeast Asian hub, global health software company Orion Health (OH) has opened an office in the country and has partnered with The Medical City (TMC).
Paul Viskovich, OH president, said in a statement that the company chose the Philippines as its regional base because of the country’s highly skilled workforce. It is also easy to do business locally, he said.
The local branch will be the 28th office of the New Zealand-based firm, which has 1,100 staff members globally. OH?s health software products are used in more than 30 countries by clinicians to facilitate care for millions of patients.
The company develops healthcare integration software and clinical workflow solutions to medical organizations. Its software is designed for hospitals and health systems that are looking for more efficient integration and workflow.
?We are looking to recruit top talent and the opening of our new office in Manila provides opportunities to work for an innovative global health information technology company,? Viskovich said.
Initially starting with up to 20 staff, the Manila branch is projected to grow over the next 12 to 18 months as the company undertakes various implementations and customer service operations.
The new office will also support OH?s new partnership with TMC, the hospital and healthcare complex in Pasig City. TMC also operates a network of hospitals in Angeles and Iloilo and medical clinics in Metro Manila. It will soon be opening hospitals in Clark and Guam.
TMC has acquired OH?s Enterprise Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, which can provide a unified view of patient data across the healthcare organization via Web-based interface.
EHR?s implementation in TMC and its satellite hospitals and medical clinics is foreseen to help reduce medical errors, increase medical staff efficiency, and reduce costs.
?As The Medical City expands it national footprint, it enters into a partnership with global leader Orion Health to build a flexible technology infrastructure that can support physicians and empower our patient partners,? Dr. Alfredo Bengzon, TMC president and CEO, said in a statement.
In the United States, OH?s Health Information Exchange (HIE) provides the technology backbone for state and regional HIEs across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses the OH Rhapsody Integration Engine, the company said.
Orion Health said it also provides support for National Health Service (NHS) providers and private hospitals in the United Kingdom and Europe.
The company disclosed it is currently experiencing rapid growth throughout the Asia-Pacific and is looking to invest more in the region.