More than 40 healthcare providers implemented applications from Lawson Software (Nasdaq: LWSN) in the company’s fiscal year 2007, which ended May 31. The Lawson applications are designed to help these customers simplify the business of healthcare via more accurate budgeting, enhanced reporting, and automated workforce management, supply chain and financial processes.
Healthcare organizations completing Lawson deployments in the past year include Altoona Regional Health System, Baptist Health, Bassett Healthcare, Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services, Inc., Carle Clinic, Carle Foundation Hospital, Catholic Health Initiatives, Catholic Healthcare West, Coffee Health Group, Gwinnett Hospital System, McLeod Health, Norton Healthcare, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Presbyterian Homes and Services, Providence Health & Services, Sherman Health, Sisters of Mercy Health System, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, UCLA Health System and University Medical Center at Princeton among others.
Elgin, Ill.-based Sherman Health, for example, went live on the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Supply Chain Management Suites in October 2006. â€œLawson is helping us reduce administrative costs and streamline regulatory compliance by supporting timely reporting and standardized business processes,â€ said Bill Kelty, director of Information Services, Sherman Health.
Bassett Healthcare, a Lawson customer since 1997, implemented the Lawson Budgeting & Planning 9 application last fall as a beta site. â€œOur long-term partnership with Lawson is based on Lawson’s ability to support our evolving technical and strategic business needs,â€ said Sue Andrews, senior director of Corporate Finance, for New Yorkâ€™s Bassett Healthcare. â€œWe’re currently deploying additional Lawson applications to support automated report distribution, employee absence management and mobile supply chain management.â€
Last July, a 20-year-old legacy mainframe system was replaced at Carle Clinic and Carle Foundation Hospital in central Illinois when the two separate organizations both implemented the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management and Enterprise Financial Management Suites. Today, more than 5,000 Carle employees use the software, which interfaces directly with Carleâ€™s Kronos Time and Attendance system.
â€œWe chose Lawson based on its proven business applications, extensive healthcare customer base and reputation for successful implementations,â€ said Rick Rinehart, interim vice president IT and CIO, Carle Clinic and Carle Foundation Hospital.
Lawson works with each customer to conduct a comprehensive business process assessment before implementation begins. This enables healthcare providers to standardize processes across their organization, create automated workflows and incorporate industry best practices into their implementation plans.
â€œDeep expertise gained during hundreds of healthcare implementations enables us to help customers speed system deployment so they can achieve their business objectives faster,â€ said Rob Jorgenson, senior vice president, Lawson Professional Services. â€œOur success in helping these providers streamline system rollout reinforces our deep industry knowledge and commitment to healthcare implementation excellence.â€
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.