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Advanced analytics and software development company Concentra captures its fourth top industry prize at the CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards

London, 29 September 2008: Concentra has won the Public Sector Technology Project of the Year Award from leading industry commentators CNET for its work with the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry in developing a web-based capacity planning tool as part of the UK Cancer Reform Strategy.

“Winning the CNET award is a notable achievement for Concentra,” said Concentra’s Managing Director Rupert Morrison. “It is one of a series of industry awards we have achieved and we would like to thank our customers for their continuous support in working with us.”

The London-based company clinched the prize in CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards, one of the best recognised events in the IT calendar. The awards celebrate the greatest innovation, application and excellence in technology.

Commenting on the Concentra entry, the CNET judges noted: "This entry stood out by demonstrating a high degree of collaboration between a large number of stakeholders, crossing the boundaries between public and private sectors in a way few IT programmes have ever managed to do before. Its impact goes deep into the communities the project is designed to support. We were impressed by its potential to improve the quality of ordinary people’s lives."

The system in question, which has racked up a number of similarly prestigious awards this year, is the 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 a better cancer 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, lead technology partner.

“We are extremely proud of our contribution to this vital aspect of health care in the UK and continue to work closely with the NHS cancer bodies to extend and enhance the system to derive maximum lasting value,” added Morrison. “We anticipate that the success of the C-PORT can be built upon in other disease areas in the NHS.”

"This award recognises Concentra’s outstanding work within this most complex of environments," commented Jane Whittome, Associate Director, National Cancer Action team. "Concentra’s dedication to ensuring that benefits are realised and in such a way that we derive maximum lasting value is very much appreciated by the NHS.”

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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Notes to Editors:

Concentra

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. www.concentra.co.uk

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.

CNET Networks UK Business Technology Awards 2008

http://www.onlineawards.co.uk/cnetawards2008/2008winners.asp

Other industry awards

C-PORT was announced as the overall winner and Best Project (Government to business) of the 2008 Government Computing Awards for Innovation, C-PORT has also been selected as a finalist in the BCS IT Industry Awards 2008 (Project Excellence) and shortlisted for the BT ehealth Insider Awards 2008. C-PORT was selected by CIO magazine in 2007 for one of the Top 100 global IT organisations awards and was short-listed for the prestigious Public Sector Project of the Year category by Computing Magazine in the UK.

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