The three projects we are demonstrating at Healthcare Innovation truly push the boundaries of technology's use in the healthcare arena
Concentra's cancer response projects are demonstrated at the London show this month
London, 17 June 2009: Concentra, the business consulting and technology services leader, is delighted to announce it has joined the National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) and the Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership (POIP) to showcase three major NHS Cancer Projects at the Healthcare Innovation Expo at the ExCel Centre, Docklands (18-19 June).
Concentra has been at the heart of an ongoing series of highly innovative moves by the NHS to improve national cancer treatment and meet Government targets for delivery of world class cancer care in the UK:
– C-PORT (Chemotherapy Planning Online Resource Tool) and its new sister system R-PORT (National Radiotherapy Capacity Planning Tool) – business intelligence (BI), information management and decision support tools working to help NHS Trusts better manage resources and model service delivery improvements prior to implementation
– The Cancer Commissioning Tool (CCT), a web-based BI tool that's providing an online, national view of responses and actions across the entire area of cancer
C-PORT is to date winner of no less than seven major IT industry awards, including overall winner at the Government Computing/Guardian Awards for Innovation 2008 and has also been praised by Peers in the House of Lords as an example of great IT practice in UK healthcare.
With R-PORT, an NHS Trust's radiotherapy unit can be fully modelled and service improvement scenarios tested, with the financial implications of any such simulated changes fully transparent. R-PORT will be helping clinicians and managers in the NHS answer a variety of high priority questions by testing out the impact of any change in resources, including personnel and equipment, as well as patient demand and seasonality.
C-PORT and R-PORT interlink with the CCT, a ‘one stop’ library of cancer information and data, hailed as "a major step forward" by Cancer Tsar Mike Richards. CCT works by helping PCTs and cancer networks obtain the fullest picture on all the most promising new cancer treatments, benchmark their performance and share vital information with other parts of the NHS.
Concentra was responsible for delivering all the IT components of R-PORT, C-PORT and CCT in close partnership with the NHS, providing all the technical designs and specifications plus extensive usability testing and user interface design. With all three NHS cancer-fighting systems, Concentra also provided extensive training and post-implementation support and is still engaged in further developments to each system.
“We are extremely proud of our contribution to the fight against cancer in this country and will continue to work closely with the NHS to help it take advantage of leading edge techniques in modelling and analytics,” says Rupert Morrison, Concentra's MD. “We are also committed to ensuring that benefits of the NHS' investment are realised.
“The three projects we are demonstrating at Healthcare Innovation truly push the boundaries of technology's use in the healthcare arena, and we invite all healthcare professionals and others attending the show to come and find out more.”
To get detailed insights into the way the three systems are helping the NHS, come to the Healthcare Innovation Expo in the ExCel Centre, Docklands (18th and 19th June), stand 68.
To find out more about Concentra’s involvement in R-PORT, C-PORT and CCT including case studies, NHS guides, videos and other resources, please go to http://www.concentra.co.uk/healthcare.aspx
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Notes to Editors:
Concentra was formed as a response to today’s increasingly complex business environments. We partner with clients to deliver innovative products and solutions that grow profit and improve service to customers. We combine our core strengths of business consulting, data analysis and technology to create easy-to-use tools that work for clients today and tomorrow
National Cancer Action Team (NCAT)
The National Cancer Action Team (NCAT) is a team that reports to the National Cancer Director. Its role is to support the NHS and facilitate the implementation of the NHS Cancer Plan and Cancer Reform Strategy. It works closely alongside the Cancer Policy Team in the Department of Health and NHS Improvement as well as Strategic Health Authorities and local cancer networks.
Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership
The Pharmaceutical Oncology Initiative Partnership (POIP) was set up 2005 to identify opportunities to collaborate on projects to benefit cancer patients by improving uptake and access to cancer drugs. The partners include the National Cancer Action Team (DH), NHS Improvement and 12 member companies of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).
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