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Concentra: advanced analytics and software development company captures top awards at this year’s Government Computing Awards for Innovation

London, 28 April 2008: Concentra celebrated a double win at this year’s Government Computing Awards for Innovation by attaining both the Overall Winner and Best Project (Government to business) awards for its work with the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry in developing a web-based capacity planning tool for the UK cancer units.

“We are honoured to accept the awards for both Innovation and Best Project,” said Concentra’s Managing Director Rupert Morrison. “It is very satisfying that our efforts have been recognised for supporting the NHS improve the use of resources to enable better patients experience in chemotherapy treatment.”

The awards were for the company’s innovative work on developing C-PORT (Chemotherapy Planning Oncology Resource Tool) for the Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership. The system is designed to improve the use of resources to enable better patient experience, such as shortening of waiting times for chemotherapy treatment, improved access to new therapies and more visibility on resources and patient mix at a national level.

C-PORT has been recognised as a major contributor to the NHS being able to support a nationally standardised way of evaluating the impact of new cancer drugs, as well as better utilise resources, plan and change working practices. C-PORT's development involved teamwork between the NHS, a number of pharmaceutical companies, business consultancy A.T. Kearney and Concentra, the technology partner.

Government Computing’s editor Mark Say, who also chaired the judging panel, commented: "C-PORT was a very ambitious project that has provided a valuable service and major benefits to the health service and patients. It provides a great example of how an organisation can use technology to get to grips with a very complex issue through the intelligent use of technology.”

“The journey for C-PORT doesn't stop here,” says Mr Morrison. “We are developing both cost-to-treat and benefits tracking modules for the tool as part of a continued commitment to improving the product and driving patient benefits.”

Jane Whittome, Associate Director - National Cancer action team comments, “Concentra is relentless in its drive to ensure benefits are achieved in what is one of the most complex environments.”

C-PORT is built on Microsoft .Net with complex simulation logic written in the T-SQL programming language on top of a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database. The Web application runs under Windows 2003 Server with Internet Information Services 6.0.

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Concentra is a leader in advanced analytics and software development. We specialise in the design, development and support of innovative tools and solutions that help our clients increase profitability, streamline operations and improve collaboration. Our solutions are scalable, highly usable and designed for ongoing benefit capture.

Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership (POIP)

The POIP was set up to identify opportunities to collaborate on projects to benefit cancer patients by improving access to cancer medicines. The partners that supported the development of C-PORT include the NHS Cancer Action Team, NHS Improvement-Cancer Programme and a group of 12 pharmaceutical companies who research, develop and supply innovative cancer medicines.

Government Computing Awards for Innovation

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