Health boost from NZ software

Boosting health by bringing doctors and hospitals together is the claim of Auckland Software company Orion Systems. It has been named a finalist in the 2000 Trade New Zealand Export Awards for having 'the best export success story of the year'.

Boosting health by bringing doctors and hospitals together is the claim of Auckland Software company Orion Systems.

It has been named a finalist in the 2000 Trade New Zealand Export Awards for having "the best export success story of the year".

Founded by managing director Ian McRae in 1994, Orion develops communications software and real-time computer applications for the domestic and international health industry.

The Auckland-based company reports compound growth of 50%, with 50% to 70% of revenue coming from exports, mainly to North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and South America.

It has grown from five to 70 staff, half of whom are involved in export operations.

The main product, Symphonia, developed in 1994, is claimed to be the "world's fastest messaging toolkit" for application developers.

Developed more recently, Concerto is a full clinical intranet environment, integrating multiple systems.

Marketing director Jonathan Gunson says Concerto is a transport engine capable of integrating every health software application in New Zealand, including lab results and radiology images.

"In the past, doctors had to log in and out of all these systems, but Concerto connects all of them into a single seamless view with a central log on. It turns a lot of applications into one glorious application," he says.

Gunson says doctors can not always get enough information on patients to give the best consultation, but this software allows that.

The Web technology also helps integrate the primary (doctors) and secondary health sectors, and the systems can be built on existing infrastructure.

"Other systems can run under Concerto. It is not a big bang solution that destroys other systems. It protects information kept in the mind of clinicians and this is worth billions," Gunson says.

The export awards also includes Auckland-based Marshal Software for its e-mail security systems, which it markets over the Web. [See: Web helps export boom].

Trade New Zealand says having two IT finalists in the November awards reflects the growing importance of IT to the country.

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