Shared services provider Plexxus and CGI launch transformational platform to 11 GTA hospitals
Plexxus, a shared-service organization supporting 11 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) member hospitals, and CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB), announced today the launch of an Enterprise Resource Planning solution that is breaking ground in Canadian healthcare. CGI has supported Plexxus in the design, build, implementation and management of the solution which uses SAP software. The scope of the initial implementation includes finance and supply chain management, key components in an integrated back office.
Plexxus, in collaboration with its member hospitals and supported by CGI, developed and will operate the Integrated Technology Solution (ITS). The common platform will enable Plexxus and the hospitals to more effectively manage and share information, and replace aging legacy financial and procurement systems in the hospitals. ITS will allow Plexxus to leverage a common vendor and item database in order to continue to create operational efficiencies and generate savings through group purchasing.
“This initiative was a major business transformation and demonstrates the benefits of collaboration in the health care system,” said David Yundt, President and CEO, Plexxus. “By providing the solution through a shared services model, a world class system is affordable for all of our member hospitals. We look forward to the potential for other hospitals in Ontario to take advantage of this platform in the future”.
University Health Network, the first Plexxus member hospital to start using this innovative solution, implemented ITS in late November. The remaining hospitals will implement the solution in phases carrying into late 2012.
“This newly launched platform is major shift from how hospitals have managed and leveraged their financial and supply chain systems, and it represents a new way of thinking that facilitates hospitals working together to create savings that can be re-invested into patient care,” said Doug McCuaig, President, Canada, CGI. “Plexxus and its members are at the forefront of this shift and CGI is proud to continue to support our client and ITS going forward.”
Plexxus is a not-for-profit shared service organization. It provides supply chain and information technology services to member healthcare organizations, and focuses on improving service levels and maximizing non-clinical efficiencies, resulting in savings for its members. In its last fiscal year Plexxus returned $8.8 million in savings to its member hospitals. For more information, visit www.plexxus.ca
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centers of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific. As at September 30, 2011, CGI's revenue was $4.3 billion and its order backlog was $13.5 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website: www.cgi.com.
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