Children's Hospital System Taps Lawson Software to Improve Financial Reporting and Control Costs

— November 22, 2006

Shriners Hospitals for Children has contracted Lawson Software to deploy a financial management system that will help the health giant centralize the creation of financial reports and control supply costs. The system also will help materials managers negotiate better contracts.

The hospital system licensed the Lawson Supply Chain Management and Enterprise Financial Management suites to help it consolidate disparate business systems onto one common technology platform, enhance financial reporting and control supply costs.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international 1,032-bed system of 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It provides free treatment of orthopedic problems, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate for children up to the age of 18 – regardless of financial need or relationship to a Shriner.

“We needed more efficient processes and greater control over operational costs to support our long-term growth plan,” said Gene D'Amore, corporate CIO, Shriners Hospitals for Children.“ Creating a unified business system to manage financial and supply chain processes network-wide was a key step in driving greater efficiencies. We chose Lawson based on its healthcare industry expertise and proven record of helping other hospitals achieve their business objectives.”

The Lawson Professional Services team will assist Shriners Hospitals with its implementation, which will begin in November. Once installed, the new Lawson system will enable Shriners Hospitals to automate core business processes and workflows across its 22 facilities. Specifically, the Lawson Supply Chain Management suite will help the hospital system control supply costs by consolidating orders with contracted suppliers for volume discounts. It also will enable materials managers to negotiate more favorable contracts based on greater insight into supply usage trends at individual hospitals and across the organization.

The Lawson Enterprise Financial Management suite will support Shriners Hospitals' corporate governance efforts. It also will allow the healthcare provider to centralize the creation of financial reports to meet hospital and consolidated corporate reporting requirements while retaining hospital-level budgetary control.

“World-class healthcare organizations like Shriners need business systems that drive operational efficiencies, yet are simple to deploy, use and maintain,” said Sara Van Kempen, healthcare marketing director, Lawson Software. “Our comprehensive, flexible business software enables healthcare providers to minimize administrative costs so they can focus on their patients.”

Lawson serves more than 500 healthcare industry customers 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 the labor shortage.

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