Colin Henderson

Colin Henderson originally joined Orion Health in 2010 as Regional Manager for the UK & Ireland business, setting strategy and direction, overseeing sales and associated commercial activities. In April 2016, he became VP EMEA Strategy, Solutions & Partners and General Manager for Emerging Markets. 

Colin started his career at IBM in business operations and moved into healthcare business development focused on pharmacogenomics, medical imaging & information-based medicine. Colin then moved to the Global Business Services function where he worked as a consultant in the strategy and change practice, leading the sale and subsequent delivery of a pan-European evidence-based medicine initiative across 12 countries. Following this, Colin led healthcare business development for Perot Systems in the UK & Ireland, establishing a presence on major procurement frameworks, leading major bids and securing new customer accounts.

During his time in Orion Health he has supported the contracting and subsequent development of over 20 integrated care programmes in UK & Ireland, including the award winning Electronic Care Record project in Northern Ireland and the Connecting Care programme in the South West of England.

Colin is an Edinburgh University graduate, and holds a PhD in anti-inflammatory therapeutics.

eHealth technologies are pulling together personal information from diverse sources to ensure a more personalised, informed healthcare service – it’s what patients expect Precision medicine is the use of all available information about a patient to produce the most informed care plan possible. This is often associated with using genetic or other “-omics” information to help doctors select which medicine to prescribe for their patient. For example, testing a cancer patient for specific biomarkers can tell doctors which chemotherapy will work best. But it’s much bigger than that. If you look at what contributes to premature death, around 30% is thought to be genetic. The rest is a combination of our environment, diet, exercise, work, mental health, social interactions and other exogenous factors. So why limit ourselves to genetic data alone? As healthcare is now in the information era, the challenge is to pull together the vast quantity of data that exists and aggregate it in a way that allows health services to be tailored to each patient. There is already a wealth of data and this is expected to increase 50-fold in the next eight years. There is no way any physician can cope with this volume of information. That’s why software companies are playing an increasing role in healthcare. Information overload is essentially an IT challenge: how do we access and surface these data in a way that makes them accessible and actionable? How do we acquire and aggregate data, then reason against it to help manage populations and drive insights? Healthcare is unique but software experts have already overcome huge challenges in areas such as e-commerce and financial services to deliver a more tailored and user-friendly experience while safeguarding data privacy. In fact, the public is so used to this kind of customised intelligence that some patients...