Orion Health tapped for cloud-based HIS in Kaweka Health’s upcoming surgery facility

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New Zealand-based health software provider Orion Health has bagged a contract to install a hospital information system at Kaweka Health’s upcoming surgery facility.


Kaweka Health, a private healthcare provider in the Hawke’s Bay region, wanted an all-in-one platform that would keep the number of applications in its upcoming NZ$70 million ($50 million) elective surgery facility “as low as possible”. It said Orion Health was an “obvious choice” for the HIS. 


Winning the contract via a competitive tender process, the IT provider will deliver a solution comprising the Orion Health Enterprise Patient Administration System and Clinical Portal products. 

Orion Health already began work in August and is expected to deliver the cloud-based system ahead of the surgery facility’s opening in May next year.


In May, Orion Health bagged a tender worth $100 million to set up a health exchange system across the whole state of Oklahoma in the US. The system, which will be known as the Oklahoma State-wide Health Information Network and Exchange, was slated to be launched in the second half of the year. 

The health software firm has also signed a deal with New South Wales’ Justice Health Forensic Mental Health Network to roll out its medication management and electronic medicines administration platform as part of the group’s electronic health system. This latest addition to its health system enables the network to shift from paper-based medication chart processes to an electronic medication chart with improved interactions.

Earlier this year, Orion Health helped migrate the Clinical Workstation platform of New Zealand-based Southern Cross Healthcare to Amazon Web Services. The transition permits the private healthcare group to automate deployments, enhance monitoring and reduce downtime.


“Orion Health’s proven experience in providing trusted digital solutions that enable better outcomes for staff, clinicians and, most importantly, our patients is paramount. Partnering with a New Zealand-based company was also important to us and I am confident that the team’s capabilities and approach will enable a successful implementation and long-term relationship,” Lyle Chetty, director of Digital Services at Kaweka Health, said. 

“We want to enable a paperless journey and increase[d] adoption of digital applications. Ultimately, our mission is to deliver solutions that provide a better patient experience, save cost and reduce inefficiencies. We’re delighted to be partnering with a forward-thinking facility like Kaweka Health,” Orion Health VP of Customer Sucess Niru Rajakumar also commented.

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