Orion Health hires new head of analytics to boost machine learning
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, Sept. 20, 2016—Orion Health (OHE:NZX/ASX) is investing significantly in new analytics and machine learning applications as it embarks on a hiring program to acquire the best analytics talent in New Zealand.
Leading the analytics team is Peter McCallum, who has over 15 years’ experience working exclusively in the business intelligence, data warehousing and data analytics domains. He joins Orion Health from Spark’s data solutions company, Qrious, where he was head of data & insights and was responsible for helping customers understand how data can improve business outcomes through the delivery of smart data solutions.
Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae believes McCallum’s skills and experience will enable the company to attract the brightest analytics team in the country, further cementing Orion Health’s positon as a global leader in healthcare technology.
“Machine learning is becoming increasingly important in the delivery of software that enables the practice of precision medicine or personalized 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,” McCrae said.
“We are now focused on boosting our ability to provide data insights that will help our customers improve their delivery of healthcare,” McCrae said. “We already have a talented analytics team based at our U.S. 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.”
McCallum said he is excited about applying machine learning techniques to solutions that enable the delivery of better healthcare outcomes globally.
“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,” McCallum said. “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.”
McCallum 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,” he said.
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