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Orion Health's mystery Middle East deal revealed

Orion Health's mystery Middle East deal revealed

Troubled Orion Health scores a significant win in Abu Dhabi

Ian McCrae (Orion Health) and Atif Al Braiki (Abu Dhabi Health Data Services)

Ian McCrae (Orion Health) and Atif Al Braiki (Abu Dhabi Health Data Services)

Credit: Orion Health

Details of what Orion Health described as a "significant commercial agreement" in the Middle East two weeks ago have emerged.

The troubled health software company has inked an agreement with Abu Dhabi Health Data Services to deliver a Health Information Exchange (HIE) platform.

To be known as "Malaffi", it has been billed as a first of its kind in the Middle East.

Abu Dhabi Health Data Services is a new project partnership between the Abu Dhabi Department of Health and Injazat Data Systems, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi government-owned Mubadala Investment Company.

"Malaffi" will provide a platform that will centrally store and enable the exchange of patient health information between healthcare professionals, ultimately connecting 2000 public and private healthcare providers in Abu Dhabi.

Access to centralised patient records will provide physicians with a tool to make well informed, fast decisions, enhance patient safety, reduce the duplication of diagnostic procedures and improve the quality of care and outcomes.

Furthermore, the platform will harness patient and population data to create insights into the emirate's public health to improve the efficiency of Abu Dhabi's health system.

"Orion Health is delighted to be selected as the partner of choice, to deliver UAE's first HIE platform," said Ian McCrae, founder and chief executive officer of Orion Health.

"Storing and aggregating vast volumes of different clinical data, and surfacing it in data analytics, will bring Abu Dhabi a step closer to the practice of precision medicine, which is only possible when health providers have a complete picture of a person's health."

"Malaffi" will use the most current technology and data analytics to reduce the avoidable and duplicated procedures and therefore improve the efficiency of Abu Dhabi's health systems and the delivery of care, he added.

"The Department of Health-Abu Dhabi has recognised the need to centrally and efficiently, store, exchange, and analyse the enormous amount of data that is being created in healthcare every day, and by using advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, to drive the digital transformation of the healthcare system, for a happier and healthier Abu Dhabi," said Atif Al Braiki, chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Health Data Services.

Last year Orion Health sold it's established and profitable business lines to resapitilise and fund the development and sale of Rhapsody, which has taken longer than expected to reach profitability.


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