Lawson releases studies

By Jack Beaudoin
12:00 AM

Lawson officials say they don't differentiate themselves from the competition on features and functionality, but instead on outcomes and customer satisfaction. To back up that claim, the St. Paul, Minn.-based software company has just released new case studies that purport to document multi-million-dollar savings for three large healthcare systems.

The most dramatic story to emerge is that of Advocate Health Care, Chicago's largest IDN. After deploying the company's accounts payable and supply chain solutions, Advocate calculated a $30 million savings in just 18 months, and has saved $50 million to date.

Nearly as impressive were the results achieved at Allina Hospitals & Clinics, which posted a $4.5 million savings in 2000 after installing the Lawson Supply Chain Management and Financials applications. The network also hopes to save an additional $2 million annually by increasing the percentage of expenditures made on a contract to 70 percent.

The final study comes from Memorial Healthcare System, a five-hospital network that includes a variety of surgery centers, primary care centers and home health. In addition to reducing purchasing costs by nearly $3 million in a 12-month period, the Lawson solution helped Memorial double its purchases processed through EDI, eliminate half its vendor base and decrease its average order backlog from five days to the same day.

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