Cloud-based HealthKit opens new EMEA office in Cork
New facility will help growth and create 10 ‘high-level’ jobs over the next nine months
Australia’s ambassador, Richard Andrews, HealthKit EMEA team lead Michael Malone and HealthKit chief executive Alison Hardacre. Photograph: Gerard MCCarthy
Cloud-based healthcare management platform HealthKit has opened a new office in Cork which will headquarter its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations.
HealthKit has more than 28,000 health practitioners across 75 different professions in 50 countries. Announcing details of the new office on Monday, the company said it was on track to growing its number of practitioners to 40,000 by the end of the year.
The new facility will create 10 “high-level” jobs in Cork over the next nine months, with the team expected to double from that point over the next 18 months.
The company said it was witnessing growth between 1 per cent and 5 per cent every week, with the Cork office playing an “important role” in growth going forward.
HealthKit’s core software, which is free to use, transforms how health practitioners manage patient records and administrative tasks.
“With HealthKit, practitioners can manage their entire practice, simply and effectively in the cloud, improving efficiency and access to vital patient information, and ultimately realising improved patient outcomes,” the company said.
The past year has seen HealthKit process more than 5 million appointments through its platform. This is expected to double over the next two years, with the Cork office “enabling much of this increase”.
HealthKit chief executive Alison Hardacre said she the new base would help the company to improve patient outcomes.
“After two years of preparation, we are delighted to launch our first overseas office in Ireland,” she said.
“Cork’s growing reputation as a health and tech hub, the support from organisations such as the IDA and Cork Chamber of Commerce, the high quality of educated talent, and proximity to international transport links means it is the most attractive choice.
“Today’s gigabit broadband network announcement further strengthens the city’s world-leading community infrastructure and reaffirms our decision to build our EMEA expansion from Cork.
“Our new European base will give us the reach and 24-hour customer support needed to achieve our ultimate goal: using disruptive technology to achieve the best possible healthcare outcomes for practitioners and patients worldwide.”
HealthKit is investing in its support and market expansion team in Cork, with the technical development team to come online in the next six to 12 months. It expects global employee numbers to reach 70 by the end of next year.