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June 1, 2007
by Michelle Grey
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Record growth was recorded for a group of companies that moved up the ladder's rungs

Orion HealthRank: 77

Orion Health, based in Auckland, New Zealand, boasts an impressive list of partners - Redwood City, Calif.-based Oracle Corporation, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett Packard, and St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M. Its roster of clients is certainly no slouch either. Orion currently serves over 1,000 organizations nationwide including the New York State Department of Health, Central Washington Hospital, and Atlanta-based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2006 Orion was rated number one in its category by Orem, Utah-based KLAS Enterprises, and was awarded the Healthcare Transformation of the Year Award and the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand Healthcare Award.

Not one to rest on its laurels, Orion recently updated its hallmark solution, Rhapsody Integration Engine. Version 3 of the software has been designed to provide messaging integration for small to medium hospitals. Recent adopters of the technology include St. Croix Falls, Wis.-based St. Croix Regional Medical Center, and United Kingdom-based Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust.

Earlier this year, Orion partnered with New York-based Accenture, which was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a fully integrated health information system prototype. Orion's Concerto Medical Applications Portal was selected to serve as the system's clinical Web portal, through which clinicians can search and view previously filtered information.

Management shakeups over the last year include the appointment of a new chief operating officer (COO) and chief technology officer (CTO). Kimbal Riley was promoted from within the company to COO, whereas John Lightfoot, the new CTO, heralded from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

NightingaleRank: 76

Ontario-based Nightingale was founded in 2002 on a homegrown product designed by two New Brunswick physicians. The fledgling company acquired the rights to the solution, subsequently rebuilding and relaunching as myNightingale.

Nightingale's offerings are underpinned by myNightingale, which provides an integrated suite of applications designed to automate workflow for primary and ambulatory care clinics.

Nightingale's first year of operation drove less than $500,000 in revenue, however, its second and third year produced $2 million, while revenue in 2006 jumped to an estimated $14 million - the first in which it experienced profitability.

In 2006, Nightingale won three of the largest EMR contracts in Canada - Ontario based Mount Sinai Hospitals' ambulatory record management system project, Nova Scotia Department of Health's primary healthcare reform project, and Alberta Orthopedic Society's EMR project.

Recent acquisitions have expanded its products and customer base; HealtheNet and Scribes, acquired in November 2005, added transcription secure data distribution services; and Integrated Healthware, acquired in January 2006, has added claims processing.

In early 2007, Nightingale signed an agreement with Ontario-based MCI Medical Clinics Inc., one of the country's largest chains of outpatient clinics, to provide its healthcare software solutions to 20 MCI clinics. 2007 continued its upward swing with Nightingale completing an acquisition of the outstanding shares of VantageMed Corporation. The acquisition is expected help expand Nightingale's U.S. customer base by more than 18,000 healthcare providers.

Healthia ConsultingRank: 89

In 1998, Glenn Galloway and Jim Zerwas jumped ship from their respective Fortune 500 companies and embarked on launching their own management consulting firm - financed from their own pockets. Formerly named StoneBridge Group, the privately held company re-focused to concentrate on the healthcare sector, and re-branded themselves as Healthia Consulting in late 2005.

The healthcare consulting firm is headquartered in Minneapolis, and has offices in Chicago and Denver. Healthia offers management advisory and solution delivery services for healthcare provider, payer and life sciences organizations.

Within a few years of launching, Healthia had a client roster that included Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Minneapolis; North Memorial, Robbinsdale, Minn.; and Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis. The company continued to grow exponentially, experiencing double digit growth every year since its inception, even increasing its annual revenue by 35 percent over the last two years.

Not just concerned with the bottom line, Healthia has been awarded numerous accolades for its working environment and culture, including the Center for Ethical Business Cultures' 2007 outstanding employer award and the Minnesota Work Life Champion Award in 2006 and 2007.

Concerned with maintaining integrity in all areas of its organization, Healthia recently partnered with Dallas-based Aspen Advisors, providers of information management advisory services, in an effort to ensure its clients that IT strategy and system recommendations are impartial.


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