Health IT cluster takes shape

Potential members of a proposed health IT sector cluster are to hold a meeting this week to get to know each other.

Potential members of a proposed health IT sector cluster are to hold a meeting this week to get to know each other.

Jonathon Gunson, marketing director of member company Orion Systems, says this is a sign the idea is gathering momentum.

“We’re holding a networking meeting on Friday — everyone’s getting together to exchange information and get to know each other better.” Future regular meetings are planned, at which members will speak and share market intelligence, Gunson says.

The cluster, which was first mooted in Computerworld in June, has more than 20 member companies and plans to employ an administrator, he says.

It is taking a cue from the Knowledge Wave conference and working on the premise that “we don’t have a brain drain, we have a network”, Gunson says, meaning the cluster needs to take advantage of New Zealand contacts overseas to help sell it.

The health IT industry in the US is poised for huge growth, he says, providing opportunities for cluster member companies.

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