Orion Health migrating to AWS to boost data analytics capability

The move follows Orion Health last year ramping up its focus on data science

Orion Health has announced that it will migrate its Amadeus healthcare data management and analytics platform, which manages 110 million records globally, to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud, saying the move will enable Amadeus to offer better data management and analysis.

The move follows Orion Health last year ramping up its focus on data science. In September the company announced that it had appointed Peter McCallum, the former head of data and insights at Spark’s data solutions company Qrious to lead its analytics team and was investing significantly in new analytics and machine learning applications and looking to hire the best analytics talent in New Zealand.

In October the company released a report on the application of machine learning to healthcare, saying the technology would be essential to enable healthcare workers to deal with an exponential increase in the amount of patient information needed to effectively treat their patients.

Orion Health announced Amadeus in December 2015 describing it as “a platform that will enable highly personalised healthcare and the implementation of precision medicine … [which will be] enabled when all information unique to an individual is combined to identify preventative care and treatments which will be effective for them based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors.”

It said that Amadeus combined Orion Health’s extensive data integration experience with the scalability and performance of its modern technologies Cassandra, Spark and ElasticSearch. “It has a distributed architecture to handle massive volumes of high velocity data.”

Orion Health CEO, Ian McCrae said the move to Amadeus would allow Orion to store vast volumes of new data including genomic, device, social, behavioural, environmental and other new data types.

“Health is about to experience a ‘tsunami of new information’ that will revolutionise the practice of medicine and this move to AWS positions us well to deliver the platform functionality required to store and make sense of this data,” he said. “These records could eventually contain as much as six terabytes of data per patient.”

He added: “By using the AWS Cloud, we can provide advanced security, data privacy, higher availability and machine learning which are all essential to securely manage and interpret the vast amounts of health information that will soon be available.”

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