Roll-out of COA Solutions Across Scottish NHS to Contribute to Significantly Improved Service

Released on: February 12, 2008, 7:10 am

Press Release Author: COA Solutions

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: COA Solutions wins 3.6 million contract to supply all
twenty-two Scottish health boards with software portfolio.

Press Release Body: COA Solutions (formerly CedarOpenAccounts) has won a 3.6
million contract to supply all twenty-two Scottish health boards with a
comprehensive portfolio of financial, procurement support, business intelligence and
document management software solutions. This 'Health Business Suite' is being
implemented as part of a drive to achieve shared services working throughout
NHSScotland. The planned completion date for fully implementing the new system is
March 2009.

Implementing COA Solutions software throughout NHSScotland forms part of the
Scottish Government's Efficient Government Initiative and will help to deliver the
Government's planned efficiency targets. NHS National Services Scotland, the body
overseeing NHSScotland's move towards a common software platform is running the
Shared Support Services Programme and expects the COA Solutions project to be a key
enabler of the quality and efficiency gains.

John Francis, Programme Director from the Shared Support Services Programme says,
"High quality health services are a key priority for the Scottish Government. To
ensure this is achieved, all Scottish health boards need to work closely together
and this is only possible when a common infrastructure is in place. With COA
Solutions' Health Business Suite being run by all NHSScotland, the health boards
will be able to more easily share staff, responsibilities and information. As well
as creating a more streamlined financial service, this will free-up time and
resources that can be deployed on supporting and delivering the Scottish
Government's 'Better Health Better Care' Policy."

COA Solutions won the NHSScotland contract after demonstrating an in-depth
understanding of the Scottish NHS market. In fact, many health boards were already
using COA Solutions as Francis explains, "The majority of NHSScotland's financial
transactions were already going through COA Solutions and so it made sense to build
on this solid foundation and to work with COA to enhance and to extend the Health
Business Suite. The software has been developed to fully support the re-engineered
business processes and help deliver the identified improvements."

As well as the COA Solutions project improving NHS-wide efficiency, being able to
access and analyse data from all twenty-two Scottish health boards will enable a
detailed and holistic view of the health service, allowing for improved
decision-making. Being able to view financial documents electronically will also
free-up document storage space and eliminate both lost documents and off-site
storage costs.

Five 'Consortia' led by NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS National Services Scotland , NHS
Tayside, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and NHS Lothian will locally manage the
implementations of the COA Solutions Health Business Suite in support of the Shared
Services Support Programme. A COA Solutions user group has also been established
comprising representatives from the Consortia to ensure that all decisions relating
to the project are commonly agreed.


Notes to Editor

About NHSScotland

The Scottish Government Health and Community Care is responsible for NHSScotland and
for the development and implementation of health and community care policy.
NHSScotland is accountable for the performance of the service. NHSScotland comprises
14 territorial NHS Boards responsible for the planning and delivery of all health
services in their own area. In addition, there are 8 Special Health Boards in

These are:

The Scottish Ambulance Service
NHS 24 - provides 24 hour telephone access to medical advice from clinical
The State Hospital - cares for patients requiring treatment under special security
NHS Health Scotland - promotes positive attitudes to health and encourages healthy
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland - sets and monitors clinical standards
NHS Education Scotland - provides educational solutions for workforce development
through designing, commissioning, quality assuring and where appropriate providing
education for NHSScotland staff
National Waiting Times Centre Board (The Golden Jubilee National Hospital) -
provides a dedicated elective facility in key specialties for patients throughout
Scotland to assist in reducing waiting times
NHS National Services Scotland - provides a range of support services ensuring
frontline patient care is delivered effectively across Scotland
In 2006 around 159,000 staff were employed by NHSScotland. These included more than
67,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors and over 3,800 consultants. In addition
there were over 4,500 doctors working in general practice and more than 12,000
allied health professionals such as, physiotherapists, radiographers, speech and
language therapists working throughout the service.

About 'Better Health Better Care' Policy

'Better Heath Better Care' Policy is the Scottish Government\'s programme to deliver
a healthier Scotland by helping people to sustain and improve their health,
especially in disadvantaged communities, ensuring better, local and faster access to
health care.

About COA Solutions

COA Solutions (formerly CedarOpenAccounts) is the UK\'s leading supplier of
integrated business management and information systems to public, private and
not-for-profit service sector organisations.

COA Solutions' Health Business Suite of applications combines core financial
management, procurement, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range
of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions. These
solutions extend the value and effectiveness of the Finance, HR & Payroll
departments across the organisation and enable managers in the business to monitor,
analyse and continually improve corporate performance.

COA Solutions has more than 450 experienced professional staff supporting and
servicing over 3,000 clients across the UK Service sector including Companies House,
Newcastle City Council, WHSmith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National
Express Group, DFS, RSPB and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust.


Liz Ebbrell, COA Solutions and

+44 (0)1625 856505 or 07917 634 705

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Contact Details: Liz Ebbrell
PR Manager
Tel: +44(0)1625 856505

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