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Hospital Implements SCM Suite

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Lawson Software signed a consulting services agreement with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in Lawson’s first quarter, which ended Aug. 31, 2004, to implement and upgrade Lawson products the hospital licensed in Lawson’s fourth quarter.

NewYork-Presbyterian will use Lawson services to implement Lawson Reporting Suite and upgrade to version 8.1 Supply Chain Management and Financials for Healthcare Suites.

Based in New York City, NewYork-Presbyterian is one of the most comprehensive university hospitals in the world. In July 2004, U.S. News & World Report ranked the New York hospital No. 9 in its list of America’s best hospitals, which were noted for excelling in six or more specialties. The hospital comprises two renowned medical centers, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center, and is affiliated with two Ivy League medical schools, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Residents of the tri-state area have convenient access to multiple high quality healthcare services through the entire NewYork-Presbyterian healthcare system.

“Lawson has demonstrated a keen understanding of our business and is committed to providing technology solutions and consulting that enables us to provide our business leaders with the information they need when they need it,” said Mark E. Larmore, vice president, finance and assistant treasurer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “We are impressed with how Lawson continues to help NewYork-Presbyterian optimize resources and realize our operational goals.”

Lawson will help NewYork-Presbyterian address the challenges it has confronted with its legacy financial systems. Specifically, the organization’s legacy systems do not provide timely access to financial and operational information due to a lack of integration and Web-accessible user interfaces. In addition, the legacy systems require frequent maintenance and interfacing, complicating efforts to streamline business processes. Another key challenge is lack of access to enterprise-wide information, hampering the decision-making abilities of business unit executives.

Lawson consulting will apply best practices to business processes and leverage Web-based Lawson technology to give NewYork-Presbyterian greater visibility into its operations and timely access to data for more strategic decision-making. Lawson consultants will also guide NewYork-Presbyterian on the efficient use of the new functionality included in version 8.1.

By upgrading, NewYork-Presbyterian’s use of the Supply Chain Management Suite will be greatly enhanced to ensure timely notification of critical purchasing processes, a more streamlined flow of information through the network, and greater visibility into contract compliance and vendor performance. Lawson consulting will coach NewYork-Presbyterian on how to use these tools for better management of procurement processes and support for strategic sourcing initiatives.

The Lawson Reporting Suite will enhance NewYork-Presbyterian’s business intelligence capabilities by enabling employees to gather, report and analyze enterprise-wide information in a single location. With custom-built views, employees can monitor relevant data sources of their choosing and filter extraneous information. With more time on hand, employees are freed to pursue other business-critical activities.

“Lawson project managers and consultants are experienced professionals with years of healthcare expertise and deep knowledge of the critical business issues facing our healthcare clients,” said Angie Franks, vice president of market development, Lawson Software. “Our consultants apply industry best practices in every engagement, and work together to design and implement systems that help clients achieve their business objectives.”

Lawson serves more than 500 healthcare industry clients representing more than 4,500 facilities, including eight of the top 10 integrated delivery networks. The company also serves managed care systems, academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, physician group practices, home healthcare, long-term care and other health services enterprises. Lawson solutions help healthcare organizations manage their business so they can focus on their patients, automate and streamline materials management for a better bottom line, and overcome the challenges of labor shortages.

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Hospital Implements SCM Suite
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