US health tech firm HighRoads Inc creates 20 jobs with new Belfast base
A US health plan technology firm has opened a new software engineering centre in Belfast which will see it create 20 jobs over a three-year period.
HighRoads Inc, which received almost £100,000 support from economic development agency Invest NI, said the decision to open its centre of excellence will support its growth plans.
Invest NI said the jobs would generate £1.18m for the economy - making an average salary for the jobs around £59,000.
The new team - which will join the existing 12 staff in the company's base at Scottish Provident Building - includes engineers and product management professionals who will support the creation and expansion of the company's health plan solution.
Derek Andrews, Invest NI's head of international investment, said: "On the basis of available talent and our cost-effective business environment, HighRoads has chosen Northern Ireland as the location for this all-important team, which will support the development of new initiatives and products.
"The jobs created will pay well above the private sector median and will contribute £1.18m in salaries annually to the economy.
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HighRoads, which is headquartered in Massachusetts, has created a broad platform solution called P2 Advance. The solution is said to boost the capabilities of its pharma and healthcare customers which include CVS Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and CVS Health.
The company said that the platform "provides a scalable, single source of truth for all data across your organisation, so everyone's on the same page" and also ensured costly mistakes and compliances issues could be avoided.
Ajay Bhandari, senior vice president of engineering at HighRoads said: "P2 Advance supports the entire continuum of healthcare plan creation and is an innovative solution that helps our clients produce customisable, flexible and scalable health plans that retain customers, drive new revenue streams and sustain profitable pricing. The Belfast technology team will be critical to the development of our product offerings and we are looking forward to building and benefiting from the team."