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Brian O’Connor Appointed Chair at Health App Watchdog ORCHA

Brian O’Connor Appointed Chair at Health App Watchdog ORCHA

The world’s leading Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps, ORCHA, is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian O’Connor as Non Executive Chairman.

Brian brings a wealth of international business experience and Connections globally. He founded the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance), the global connector in digital health, which through its many collaborations covers 78 Countries with a population of 4.6bn.

ORCHA has grown to provide digital health advice and services to Government health bodies across five countries and in the UK delivering services to more than 20% of the NHS, serving a population of 200,000 people.  Brian will ensure ORCHA continues and accelerates this growth, enabling more organisations to unlock the power Digital Health has to offer.

Brian joins a strong management team, including co-founders Liz Ashall Payne, CEO and Tim Andrews, COO and an advisory board of individuals that have helped change and grow industry, including Sir Terry Leahy, Bill Currie, Dr Chris Mimnagh and Andy Davidson.

Commenting on the appointment, Liz Ashall Payne said:

“We are thrilled that Brian is joining us.  He is such a force for good.  Throughout his career he’s enabled organisations to drive through the adoption of technologies to help organisations and consumers.  He understands cultural and other barriers and works with Governments and organisations to deliver the best outcomes.”

Also commenting on the appointment, Brian O’Connor said:

“ORCHA meets a very real need in the market place right now, not only in the UK but globally.  Letting consumers use untested health apps poses a real risk to health. Health services are not yet tapping into the economic and health improvements that can be made with apps.  But things are changing, ORCHA’s growth is a sign of this, and I look forward to helping ORCHA help deliver even more change across health services in the future.”    

Brian O’Connor Biography

Brian O’Connor was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and has developed his career as a consultant, manager and/or investor in both private and public companies.

Brian has founded a number of companies in the healthcare services area in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong.

He has gained significant experience as a company director in a variety of industries and professions, and has raised significant sums for companies through both private equity structures and stock exchange listings.

Brian founded and is Chair of the European Connected Health Alliance, the rapidly expanding not for profit membership organisation.

He is shareholder, director, investor in a number of private companies in the health and care sector.

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