It’s a healthy market for data scientists at Orion

Orion Health says it is looking to hire the best analytics talent in New Zealand.
  • Stuart Corner (Computerworld New Zealand)
  • 20 September, 2016 16:46

NZX-listed health technology company, Orion Health (NZX: OHE) says it is investing significantly in new analytics and machine learning applications and looking to hire the best analytics talent in New Zealand.

Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae said: “We are now focussed on boosting our ability to provide data insights that will help our customers improve their delivery of healthcare. We already have a talented analytics team based at our US headquarters in Arizona, but we need a team in Auckland where the majority of our research and development team of over 500 people are based.”

The company has appointed Peter McCallum, the former head of data & insights at Spark’s data solutions company, Qrious, to lead its analytics team and says he has over 15 years’ experience working exclusively in the business intelligence, data warehousing and data analytics domains.

McCallum says he is looking for data engineers to join his Auckland-based team who are excited about the opportunity to improve global healthcare. “If you are a software engineer who obsesses about clean code, and have a passion for tackling big data challenges using technologies like Apache Spark, Elasticsearch, Cassandra, Java, Scala, Python, R and more, we are looking for you.”

McCrae says he believes McCallum’s skills and experience will enable the company to attract the brightest analytics team in the country. “Machine learning is becoming increasingly important in the delivery of software that enables the practice of precision medicine or personalised healthcare. Orion Health launched its precision medicine platform last year, and we have already achieved significant sales around the world, most notably six deployments in North America.”

McCallum added: “The potential gains to be made in the health analytics space are enormous, and Ian and the Orion Health team have a far-reaching vision for this area. The company is extremely well-placed to drive the application of machine learning and advanced analytics in healthcare because its software already manages over 100 million patient health records globally.”