Global Health Expert Joins Orion Health Board of Directors

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- Orion Health announced today that John Halamka, MD, MS, has joined the company as an independent director.

“We are thrilled to have someone of Dr. Halamka’s caliber join the Orion Health Board of Directors (BOD). He is one of the pre-eminent thinkers in healthcare information technology, having been a key advisor for 10 years to two U.S. presidents, in addition to advising China, Japan, Canada, England and Sweden,” said Andrew Ferrier, Chair, Orion Health. “Dr. Halamka is uniquely positioned to provide insights to Orion Health both from our largest market as well as other current and potential markets.”

Ferrier said, “Dr. Halamka understands the unique opportunity that Orion Health has to enable the transformation of the global health sector through its open technology platform. His considerable experience working for the most prestigious institutions in academia, medicine and the U.S. public sector will mean Dr. Halamka can provide valuable advice and guidance to the company as it extends its customer base in the U.S. and around the world.”

Dr. Halamka is the International Healthcare Innovation professor at Harvard Medical School, where he has served in both Republican and Democratic presidential administrations and advised national governments throughout the world on healthcare technology. He is also the chief information officer (CIO) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), as well as a practicing emergency physician.

In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology, serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and one million patients. As chairman of NEHEN, Dr. Halamka oversees clinical and administrative data exchanges amongst insurers, healthcare providers and patients in Massachusetts. He has authored five books on technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the popular Geekdoctor blog.    

The appointment of Dr. Halamka will boost the number of directors on the Orion Health BOD to seven.

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