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Saving health dollars and delivering better healthcare is the promise of software from Auckland-based Orion Systems.

Saving health dollars and delivering better healthcare is the promise of software from Auckland-based Orion Systems.

The nine-year-old, 120-staff company claims more than 1000 clients in 20 countries for the software selected as a finalist in the “Technology innovator of the year” category of the Excellence Awards.

The browser-based Concerto portal allows a single patient view of data across multiple hospital information systems, while Orion’s Soprano patient data management applications promise better medical decisions and overall health care.

Orion chief executive Ian McCrae claims the system reduced costs at Counties Manukau district health board by 30% and lowered mortality rates, patient waiting times and complaints, while increasing immunisation rates, electronic documentation and patient and provider satisfaction.

Carter Holt Harvey HR software offshoot Mariner7 grabbed another finalist spot with its Talent Engine application.

The web-based tool allows individuals to create a profile of their work preferences in a graphical manner rather than using a traditional questionnaire. This reduces the time required to create a staff profile from hours to minutes.

Director Pat O’Connell says these preferences can be used by prospective employers to find people who are similar in work style to other people or teams, or are engaged in specific job goals or roles.

Talent Engine uses Flash to interactively capture information and incorporates XML, a language generator and statistical and psychometric techniques. It will be integrated into products of Chicago-based recruitment software supplier StaffCV.

Masterton-based former ISP SiliconBlue is a finalist for web management tool OcoLoco.

Director Peter Maurer says the system, developed over four years, provides an automated platform that lets organisations manage web assets in hosting and portal environments.

The system, which is available as an ASP-type service, can turn developers and designers into virtual ISPs, says Maurer, and give them control over SiliconBlue’s web-hosting infrastructure without much technical knowledge. OcoLoco’s automatic management of e-commerce engines and payment applications is intended to increase revenue, reduce customer acquisition costs and improve service levels. Maurer says OcoLoco is now the business, allowing SiliconBlue to switch from being an ISP to a software company.

The fourth finalist is Auckland-based EMS-Global, for ECIS (electronic commerce infrastructure service). ECIS lets service providers offer their customers secure internet connections using a single interface. Marketed by Telecom NZ as SafeCom, the product is also sold by AAPT of Australia as SecurePoint and by British Telecom under the Ultimus brand.

The Computerworld Excellence Awards will be presented in Auckland on June 28.

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