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Systems Solutions and Boots The Chemists Enhance Next Generation Software

“User Acceptance Testing” Certificate signed for next phase of QicSCRIPT within Boots The Chemists

Birmingham & Dublin – 14th October 2004 – Systems Solutions Ltd, the UK’s leading IT solutions provider for the pharmacy sector and winner of the ICT Excellence Awards 2004 for World Class Innovation, has received from Boots The Chemists a “User Acceptance Testing (UAT)” Certificate, for the delivery of phase 2c of QicSCRIPT, branded SmartScript within Boots.

Boots The Chemists continues the implementation of QicSCRIPT, currently installed in over 880 Boots stores, with rollout due for completion in 2005. Boots has already implemented the QicSCRIPT dispensing module, which also delivers the first centralised patient medication record (PMR) technology in the UK. To date, over 7.5 million live patient records are stored within QicSCRIPT. This will rise to 10 million+ patients when the rollout of QicSCRIPT is completed.

Chris Cooper, programme manager for Boots The Chemists says, "We are delighted to be working with Systems Solutions and it gives us great pleasure to sign our UAT Certificate for phase 2c of QicSCRIPT today. At Boots, our focus is on delivering excellent customer care and creating value through improving relationships with each and every patient. To achieve this, we need access to timely, accurate patient information, which is provided through QicSCRIPT’s centralised PMR. Implementing QicSCRIPT has already had a big impact on how we work by providing full, real-time visibility of our pharmacy business and enhancing counselling information provided to our customers”.

This latest version of QicSCRIPT provides advanced support in the area of stock control, giving pharmacy chains the ability to monitor and control stock activity from enterprise right down to stock location level, all in real-time. The only UK pharmacy system of its type to offer this real-time information, QicSCRIPT provides head office with up-to-the-minute visibility across its entire enterprise to accurately control what is ordered and what is dispensed, as well as enabling business managers to manage quick responses to changes in demand, as and when they occur.

David Raethorne, Systems Solutions’ Technical Director commented, “The new centralised stock control module reduces pharmacy chains’ supply chain costs and optimises stock levels, maximising customer satisfaction. Flexible ordering methods enable chains to order based on actual demand, reducing excess stock costs. The ability to handle brand equalisation and preferred product management across all stores delivers enormous cost savings to a group. They will also be able to carry out remote stock requests, minimising carrying costs and improving customer service. This delivers complete control at head office over ordering and deliveries, hugely reducing inventory, labour and ordering costs.”

Paula McGrath, Systems Solutions’ Software Development Manager said, “We are pleased to accept the certificate from Boots The Chemists today and look forward to working with Boots to integrate the new stock control functionality with their legacy supply systems. We are confident that when this is completed, the new stock control features will enable Boots to dramatically reduce its supply chain costs through reduced stock holding and improved customer service. QicSCRIPT provides effective control at head office, while delivering huge cost savings for pharmacy chains.”

QicSCRIPT’s Head Office system is also a real working example of the ‘one patient, one record, accessible anywhere’ vision, as outlined within the Department of Health’s National Programme for IT. Within an organisation’s head office, it centrally retains each individual customer’s patient record, including details of adverse reactions, allergies, conditions and medication information. This record can then be accessed and updated in real-time, 24 hours-a-day, by all of Boots The Chemists’ pharmacists, providing instant visibility to critical patient information, across the entire Boots enterprise.


About Systems Solutions Ltd
Systems Solutions Ltd has been developing and marketing software products and services for Pharmacy for over 17 years. Independently owned, the organisation has built a solid reputation for its thought leadership and ability to deliver cutting-edge solutions for pharmacy which solve complex business issues. The organisation pioneered Electronic Claims Transmission software (ECT/ETP), medicines management support and real-time centralised control through head office management to the pharmacy sector. The company is renowned for its software development expertise, matched with its constant focus on quality and innovation.

About Boots The Chemists
Boots The Chemists is a leading UK retailer, providing health & beauty products and advice that enhance personal wellbeing. It employs around 75,000 people and operates in some 130 countries worldwide. As well as retailing, it has international sales and marketing operations and also develops and manufactures its own products.

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