System C Makes Gains in the Independent Treatment Centre Market

System C HealthcareIndependent healthcare provider Care UK has gone live with the Medway PAS/EPR at six recently-acquired treatment centres. The deployments were successfully completed in a tight time frame, with the final go-live being implemented in less than a month.

The move has consolidated System C's position in the NHS independent treatment centre market. In addition to Care UK, the Company has contracts with Nations Healthcare and Circle Health.

Independent treatment centres have been established to provide fast, same day or short- stay surgery and diagnostic procedures, traditionally in areas that have the longest waiting times within the NHS. Patients treated at an NHS Treatment Centre which is managed by an independent healthcare company are still NHS patients.

Care UK set out to replace legacy IT systems in its six newly-acquired centres with a proven solution that was Choose & Book compliant. Care UK treats over 37,000 patients a year and claims to be the country's largest operator of NHS independent treatment centres.

Medway Proxima, a version of System C's Medway PAS/EPR designed specifically for the independent healthcare market, was selected on the strength of its performance and track record.

System C completed the first phase of the PAS replacement programme between May 2009 and January 2010. As well as delivering enhanced patient, referral and scheduling capabilities, Medway provided the sites with direct booking of their services using Choose & Book. Since then, phase 2 has been completed in a staged process, with each facility going live with full Medway, including patient tracking, clinical records, resource management and electronic discharge notifications.

"As one of the UK's leading providers of elective surgery on behalf of the NHS, Care UK uses Choose & Book to promote its services to GPs, to provide information to patients and to enable them to make bookings, said Jardine Barrington-Cook, Care UK's head of business systems, healthcare.

Dr Ian Denley, chief executive at System C, commented: "This was a rapid and high pressure deployment and we are delighted that it has been so successful."

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About System C Healthcare
System C Healthcare plc (www.systemc.com), specialises in the design and development of clinical patient management and business intelligence software, and provides systems implementation and consulting services to the health and social care sectors.

System C Healthcare is quoted on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market.

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