New Zealand healthcare technology company Orion Health has signed a strategic new contract in the United Kingdom with Boots, a member of the Walgreens Boots Alliance, a retail pharmacy network.
Terms of the deal will see Orion Health technology utilised to provide a solution that supports community pharmacists in the delivery of in-store clinical services which have previously been provided on paper or in a variety of IT systems.
This capability is increasingly relevant as health economies opt to move care closer to the community, to reduce the burden on acute services, and to offer individuals a community based option for many services.
The awarded contract follows a successful pilot program between the two companies, conducted for a number of months and involving a small number of stores - this has paved the way for an anticipated rollout to all 2,400 current Boots stores across the UK and Ireland.
Orion Health CEO, Ian McCrae, believes this represents an exciting development for Orion Health as well as the healthcare market in general.
“We are excited to enable Boots with the technology to take a more active role in the provision of clinical services in the community, reducing the pressure on already stretched acute facilities,” he adds.
In addition, Wayne Oxenham, EVP - EMEA for Orion Health, welcomes Boots as a new strategic customer as it continues the market momentum in the UK for Orion Health.
“Working with a highly respected and recognised brand such as Boots, is a great endorsement for the fantastic work our team is doing in the UK,” he adds.
“It is also exciting to be delivering our technology in what is a new market segment for our Orion Health globally.”