Orion Health signs five-year, $9.3 million deal in Dorset

Orion Health signed a $9.3 million five-year contract to license its Amadeus precision medicine platform to Dorset County Council in England as the software developer fends off suggestions its chief executive should step aside over delays in its sales pipeline.

A portion of the 5.2 million British pound deal will be recognised in the 12 months ended March 31, with the bulk in following years, and will cover the region's 765,000 people, Auckland-based Orion said in a statement. The service will pool patient information from hospitals, GPs, community teams and local councils, creating a single source to access a patient's medical history which is seen as enabling more coordinated care with better treatments and shorter delays.

The deal comes almost a fortnight after the software developer downgraded guidance for the 2017 financial year due to a series of contracts taking longer to close than anticipated, projecting operating revenue of between $194m and $200m, and saying Orion was in talks to attract new funding.

A health technology start-up hoping to help with the early detection of skin cancer has secured $400,000 in investment from a group of angel investors.

Taranaki-based Firstcheck has developed a free Android and iOS app that for $20 allows people to take photos of moles and send them to a dermatologist to assess.

“We like to say it’s as simple as a couple of pics and a couple of clicks of your moles and skin conditions about which you’d like to consult with your doctor,” says co-founder Hayden Laird, whose trust owns more than half the company.

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