Posted on Friday 5 July 2013 by Ulster Business

INI AURA HEALTHCARE MCOOPER

Berkshire-based healthcare IT company Aura Healthcare has become the latest technology company to announce it is setting up a base in Belfast, a move that will see 10 new jobs created.

Formed in 2012, Aura specialises in software development and IT services and solutions that help healthcare professionals to automate care processes and support workflow across hospitals, clinics and primary care centres. Invest NI is supporting its investment in Belfast.

Adrian Stevens, CEO of Aura Healthcare said: "Aura was established last year in response to the growing demand for IT solutions that enable clinicians to deliver safer, better quality care efficiently.

"We currently employ 17 people in the UK, many of whom have spent years working in healthcare IT, across a variety of departments and organisations. We are expanding rapidly and in searching for the right location, Belfast stood out because of the combination of highly-skilled people, infrastructure, access to the healthcare sector and the availability of financial support from Invest NI.

"We are now recruiting for the 10 positions which include software development and software engineering posts with a view to having the Belfast office operational by September."

Invest NI has offered Aura £79,500 of support toward the new jobs, which it said will generate over £300,000 annually in salaries – an average salary of £30,000.

Invest NI's CEO Alastair Hamilton added: "Aura's Belfast operation will be integral to the development of new software solutions for Aura's target market. Northern Ireland offers the company a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading clinical specialists, in the delivery of advanced healthcare solutions. This makes it a welcome addition to the local healthcare and IT sectors especially as its specialist services are in demand throughout the UK and Europe.

"The high quality posts are in line with our focus on securing jobs that pay above the NI private sector median and will provide a welcome boost in terms of salaries and IT sector opportunities. The investment is also expected to drive innovation in the healthcare sector, which is in line with our collaboration policy on Connected Health with the Department of Health, in Northern Ireland."

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