New Zealand-owned global health software company Orion Health has opened an office in the Philippines that will become a South East Asian hub as the company grows and invests in the region.

Orion Health CEO Ian McCrae said the office in the capital Manila will initially have up to 20 staff but the company plans to grow this over the next 12-18 months as it builds aspects of its implementation and customer service operations in the Philippines.

McCrae said the office will also support Orion Health's new partnership with The Medical City (TMC), a tertiary care hospital and healthcare complex with 1,000 physicians and 2,200 staff serving some 40,000 in-patients and 400,000 out-patients annually.

TMC, which has hospitals and clinics in Dubai and Guam as well, has bought Orion Health's Enterprise Electronic Health Record system.

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The office will add to Orion Health's 27 other offices around the world and 1,100 global staff members. Picking up awards at the 2014 NZ Hi-Tech Awards McCrae had stated that the company was adding nearly 100 personnel every month.

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