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News Article | May 22, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MuleSoft (NYSE: MULE), provider of the leading platform for building application networks, today announced the availability of Anypoint Platform™ on the UK government’s latest G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 9. The framework provides UK public sector organisations with a way to buy cloud-based services as commodities to accelerate cloud adoption in a timely and cost-effective manner. Provided by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), G-Cloud 9 eliminates the need for organisations to individually research and enter into procurement contracts with technology vendors. As a result, Anypoint Platform will be easily accessible to central and local government, education and health services, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations. Anypoint Platform is available in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud iterations on Lot 1: Cloud Hosting. “More than half of respondents cited public services as the most disconnected industry, according to MuleSoft’s latest Connected Consumer Report 2017. Public sector IT teams are under incredible pressure, as cloud, SaaS, mobile and IoT ramp up the number of endpoints that organisations need to connect to both on-premises and in the cloud,” said David Wyatt, vice president of EMEA, MuleSoft. “In order to accelerate movement to the cloud while retaining value from legacy investments, many public sector organisations are turning to Anypoint Platform to be more agile by building application networks. Application networks help organisations turn IT assets into services, which can be quickly discovered and easily reused by consumers on the network to develop more transformative services that drive stronger citizen engagement.” "We're leading a step-change in procurement to ensure that user-centred, design-led, data-driven and open approaches are commonplace in contracting by 2020,” said Digital Marketplace Director Warren Smith in a recent public statement. “This reduces barriers for suppliers to do business with the public sector market, giving access to a greater number of new and innovative suppliers. Many of them have never had the opportunity to work with government before." Public sector organisations are driving digital transformation to achieve their strategic initiatives, such as enriching consumer experiences, increasing operational efficiencies and delivering capabilities through digital channels. G-Cloud strengthens MuleSoft’s commitment to growing its public sector solutions. MuleSoft is integral in helping organisations to change and innovate faster and has been recognised by Gartner for four consecutive years as a Leader in its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). UK public sector customers already include leading organisations such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Gartner, Inc., “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service" by Keith Guttridge, Massimo Pezzini, Elizabeth Golluscio, Eric Thoo, Kimihiko Iijima, Mary Wilcox, March 30, 2017. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organisation and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) works with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery. The CCS goal is to become the “go-to” place for expert commercial and procurement services. MuleSoft’s Anypoint Platform™ is a leading solution for API-led connectivity that creates an application network of apps, data, and devices, both on-premises and in the cloud. This hybrid integration platform includes iPaaS, ESB, and a unified solution for API management, design and publishing. MuleSoft’s mission is to help organisations change and innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world’s applications, data and devices. With its API-led approach to connectivity, MuleSoft’s market-leading Anypoint Platform™ is enabling over 1,000 organisations in approximately 60 countries to build application networks. For more information, visit https://www.mulesoft.com. MuleSoft is a registered trademark of MuleSoft, Inc. All other marks are those of respective owners.


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CLEVELAND, May 11, 2017 - The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announces its participation in Chinaplas 2017 from May 16 - 19, Booth No. 10.2E41 in Guangzhou, PR China. Lubrizol Engineered Polymers will showcase its latest developments in low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), soft TPU solutions for wearable devices, microcellular TPU foam and TPU for footwear outsoles. Estane® TPU - Low Smoke, Zero Halogen Flame Retardant TPU Lubrizol's low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant Estane TPU is approved for use via the Chinese CQC 1103-1105 standards development. This innovative product was specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements (both domestic and international) for electric vehicle charging station cables. In addition, it provides excellent abrasion and tear resistance, oil resistance, water and weather resistance, anti-bending properties, and can help make wire and cable jacketing thinner - all the necessary properties to ensure applications safety. Estane® SKN TPU - Soft TPU for Wearable Devices Lubrizol strives to bring customers the latest TPU innovations via our wide-ranging portfolio of solutions that offers various benefits for wearable device applications. Our Estane SKN TPU series provides soft touch/feel, skin safety, excellent processability and colorability. Estane SKN TPUs also provide improved performance in abrasion resistance and mechanical capability to make your wearable device more durable compared to other material options. BounCell-X(TM) TPU - Microcellular TPU Foam BounCell-X(TM) TPU microcellular foam, made with a proprietary physical foam injection molding technology, generates a highly uniform cell structure that provides more than an 80% reduction in density when compared to conventionally molded TPU.  Additionally, BounCell-X technology, utilizing nitrogen gas as a blowing agent, contains no extra chemical additives, making it a good fit for brands with sustainability goals and post-consumer recycling* programs. Estane® TRX TPU - High Traction TPU for Footwear Outsoles Estane TRX TPU allows designers to create outsoles with increased wear and abrasion resistance, enhanced wet traction, and the flexibility to utilize a wide color range - even ultra clear - all while using your own injection molding machines. Soft grades available. For more information, stop by Booth No. 10.2E41 from May 16 - 19; contact Lubrizol Engineered Polymers by email (engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com) or phone: +86 21-3866-0366, or visit www.lubrizol.com/engineeredpolymers. About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive. For more information, visit www.lubrizol.com/engineeredpolymers or contact engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com. About The Lubrizol Corporation The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers' success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,300 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2016 were $6.5 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com. * Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866. ** Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be recyclable in all areas.


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

CLEVELAND, May 11, 2017 - The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announces its participation in Chinaplas 2017 from May 16 - 19, Booth No. 10.2E41 in Guangzhou, PR China. Lubrizol Engineered Polymers will showcase its latest developments in low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), soft TPU solutions for wearable devices, microcellular TPU foam and TPU for footwear outsoles. Estane® TPU - Low Smoke, Zero Halogen Flame Retardant TPU Lubrizol's low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant Estane TPU is approved for use via the Chinese CQC 1103-1105 standards development. This innovative product was specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements (both domestic and international) for electric vehicle charging station cables. In addition, it provides excellent abrasion and tear resistance, oil resistance, water and weather resistance, anti-bending properties, and can help make wire and cable jacketing thinner - all the necessary properties to ensure applications safety. Estane® SKN TPU - Soft TPU for Wearable Devices Lubrizol strives to bring customers the latest TPU innovations via our wide-ranging portfolio of solutions that offers various benefits for wearable device applications. Our Estane SKN TPU series provides soft touch/feel, skin safety, excellent processability and colorability. Estane SKN TPUs also provide improved performance in abrasion resistance and mechanical capability to make your wearable device more durable compared to other material options. BounCell-X(TM) TPU - Microcellular TPU Foam BounCell-X(TM) TPU microcellular foam, made with a proprietary physical foam injection molding technology, generates a highly uniform cell structure that provides more than an 80% reduction in density when compared to conventionally molded TPU.  Additionally, BounCell-X technology, utilizing nitrogen gas as a blowing agent, contains no extra chemical additives, making it a good fit for brands with sustainability goals and post-consumer recycling* programs. Estane® TRX TPU - High Traction TPU for Footwear Outsoles Estane TRX TPU allows designers to create outsoles with increased wear and abrasion resistance, enhanced wet traction, and the flexibility to utilize a wide color range - even ultra clear - all while using your own injection molding machines. Soft grades available. For more information, stop by Booth No. 10.2E41 from May 16 - 19; contact Lubrizol Engineered Polymers by email (engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com) or phone: +86 21-3866-0366, or visit www.lubrizol.com/engineeredpolymers. About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive. For more information, visit www.lubrizol.com/engineeredpolymers or contact engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com. About The Lubrizol Corporation The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Lubrizol improves lives by acting as an essential partner in our customers' success, delivering efficiency, reliability or wellness to their end users. Technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care, personal care and skin care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 8,300 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2016 were $6.5 billion. For more information, visit Lubrizol.com. * Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866. ** Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be recyclable in all areas.


Freshdesk, the leading provider of cloud-based customer engagement software, announced that Western Sussex Hospitals has implemented cloud-based IT Service Management platform Freshservice to provide support and self-service functionality to more than 6,500 users at the Trust. Post go-live with Freshservice, Western Sussex Hospitals has seen an organisation-wide improvement in productivity thanks to increased self-service use, better IT service delivery and support processes, and greater customer satisfaction. The change in tool is also predicted to result in a significant cost saving over the next five years. Given the complex IT environment of an acute hospital, the IT team faces significant pressures in being responsible for quickly resolving IT issues that directly affect patient care. Faced with organisation-wide discontent with the existing IT service desk, Grant Harris, Head of IT Operations at Western Sussex Hospitals, decided that an in-house service desk tool would help to resolve many of their issues. However, one of the toughest challenges in the project was the need to set up the new service desk within three months due to the outsourced service desk contract coming to an end. The team was thus faced with a delivery deadline that couldn’t be extended at any cost. “Western Sussex was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) in 2016 and the aim was to have an Outstanding IT service that matches the clinical services the Trust delivers. The team at Freshdesk was willing to go the extra mile to make sure the system met our needs,” commented Grant Harris, Head of IT Operations at Western Sussex Hospitals. “The look and feel of Freshservice is totally different from our previous tool; it works more like an email inbox than a standard list of outstanding jobs. Overall, Freshservice has been one of the best tools we have worked with – we found the configuration of Freshservice very easy to learn, and were able to automate many of the important workflows in a matter of weeks.” Freshservice’s ease of configuration and customisation, especially in getting the self-service portal to suit their end-users’ requirements, delivered Western Sussex significant improvements across the organisation, beginning with improved perception of the IT team. Automation also proved to be another big win for Western Sussex. Freshservice has notably reduced the time spent on calls, improved service level agreement (SLA) achievement by ensuring that the right IT support team member gets relevant tickets, and relieved the pressure on their busy IT team. Self-service usage has already improved from 10% to 34%, increasing productivity for both agents and users, while end-users need only wait 20 seconds for an agent to pick up their ticket, as compared to 15 minutes with the old tool. Simon Johnson, UK General Manager at Freshdesk commented, “Any time spent waiting for IT support and service in a clinical environment is time when patient care can be held up. At the same time, NHS organisations are continually tasked with finding new efficiency savings and cost reductions. Using cloud-based service management, the IT team at Western Sussex has improved service levels and reduced cost. As a side benefit, the IT team at the Trust has seen improvements in how its services are perceived in general, making it easier to collaborate around other IT projects in future.” In recognition of the success of the Freshservice implementation, the IT Solutions team at Western Sussex was awarded an international award for Best Implementation of an IT Service Management Solution by the Service Desk Institute. About Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 450,000 people across a catchment area covering most of West Sussex. The Trust runs three hospitals: St. Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea, and Worthing Hospital in the center of Worthing. Western Sussex became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 July 2013, just over four years after the organisation was created by a merger of the Royal West Sussex and Worthing, and Southlands Hospitals NHS trusts. http://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk About Freshservice Freshservice is a cloud-based IT service desk and IT service management (ITSM) solution that is quick to set up and easy to use and manage across the organisation. Freshservice is built on the proven Freshdesk platform, whose flagship customer service offering supports more than 80,000 customers worldwide, including Honda, 3M, Macmillan, Bridgestone, and UNICEF. https://freshservice.com/ About Freshdesk Freshdesk is a cloud-based customer support platform that was founded with the mission of enabling companies of all sizes to provide great customer service. The company’s goal is simple: make it easy for brands to talk to their customers and make it easy for users to get in touch with businesses. https://freshdesk.com


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: marketersmedia.com

Electronics brand Barats and Burke announces the release of a 172-piece electrical wire connector set. The wiring repair kit requires no additional tools to work on projects in the home, RV, automobile or in outdoor settings. Described by users as “splicing made easy”, the 172 piece kit is suitable for speakers, automotive and residential wiring, as well as for use on job sites and marine wiring projects. The kit includes 20 outdoor waterproof screw terminals that install with a simple twist on application. The electrical connectors come in seven sizes ranging from #22 gauge to #10 gauge> The connectors are designed not only to hold the wires securely, but also provide the necessary insulation to create a safe and long lasting connection. According to company spokesperson Daniel Burke, “Barats and Burke is pleased to introduce these industry rated wire connectors to the market. Whether the job is adding speakers to your home or installing lights to your trailer, our wire connectors will make the task very simple using no tools at all to get it done right. In addition, the set offers a variety of sizes so you can always select the connector that will be best for the job.”. All 172 wire connectors in the kit are UL, CSA and CQC rated. They are color coded by size for easy identification, making it easy for the user to identify and select the correct terminal quickly. In addition, the connectors’ capacity range from a maximum of 300 volts for the gray and blue pieces, up to 600 volts for the remaining five colors. Each terminal also features a cone shaped internal spring which ensures the wires remain firmly within the connector. Each connector is encased in a tough thermoplastic flame retardant shell that can withstand temperatures of up to 105C/221F. Barats and Burke Electronics is a Bay Area California based brand of high-quality electronics products with a focus on wiring components and connectors. Founded in 2016, the brand’s goal is to offer the highest quality wiring components at affordable prices, backed by exceptional customer service and support. For more information, please visit http://Baratsburke.com


March 1, 2017 – CCube Solutions announces today that North Bristol NHS Trust has selected its electronic document management software (EDMS) to replace all paper case notes with an easy to use digital system providing instant access to patient medical records for 6,000 clinicians, nursing and administrative staff. The introduction of EDMS is part of the Trust’s phased Electronic Patient Record (EPR) strategy and will facilitate a more timely and extensive move towards creating a paperlite environment which also involves developing its EPR to reduce the amount of paper created on a daily basis. This will ensure that one of the largest hospitals in the UK serving people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is paper free at the point of care – a key NHS England and Government goal. The new EDMS will enhance clinical effectiveness, reduce operational costs, ensure compliance with CQC guidance about records and data management, and ultimately boost patient safety and care. The choice of CCube Solutions’ EDMS will complement and augment the Lorenzo EPR solution – procured from CSC - which was implemented in November 2015. It is the first contract for CCube Solutions resulting from a new framework agreement with CSC announced in October 2016. This allows CSC to offer CCube’s EDMS to any Trust using Lorenzo who wishes to digitise and display information contained in paper medical records. Paper creates huge logistical challenges Currently North Bristol NHS Trust stores about 1.2 million medical folders off-site, with around 850 files being delivered to Southmead Hospital and other premises each day. The paperlite strategy will reduce costs and make the process more efficient. Neil Darvill, North Bristol NHS Trust’s director of informatics, says, “The business case for the EDMS project is predicated on a scan-on-demand model where only the patient notes for people booked to attend clinic will be processed, not everything in the library. This saves a huge amount of money given the other records will be destroyed in line with our retention policies and procedures as and when they reach their expiry dates.” Out of its total of 1.2 million folders, the Trust therefore estimates that it has 223,100 active patients who will need their records scanning. As each folder contains on average 150 sheets, this means 33,465,000 pages are likely to be scanned in total. The massive back scanning task will be outsourced to a scanning specialist. Darvill explains, “Our analysis shows that 70% of active patients have follow up appointments after an initial consultation. Once their records are scanned, it means for any subsequent visits, their records are available on the system for clinical staff to see.” Roll out will be staged with a paperlite project running in parallel North Bristol NHS Trust is currently piloting EDMS in two areas: lung cancer - a low volume high complexity clinic - and dermatology. This is the reverse - a high volume low complexity department. Based on lessons learnt, it will then adopt a phased approach to rolling out EDMS and scanning the records required – a process expected to take two years finishing in April 2019 given the volume of paperwork to digitize. In parallel, the Trust is working on a paperlite project to augment the investment in its EPR system. To date, PAS[1] functionality has been successfully implemented within Lorenzo with this now expanding to include real-time data capture. The Trust will customize Lorenzo to its own requirements, tailoring the system to match its own clinical pathways and ways of working. Darvill explains, “We simply can’t afford to keep generating paper at the pace we are given the number of patients we see - around 1,300 outpatient and 200 inpatient attendances each day. The purpose of the paperlite project is to look at how we capture clinical information immediately at the point of care rather than writing notes on paper and scanning them afterwards as this clearly defeats the purpose of putting in an EPR in the first place.” Until the paperlite initiative has evolved, so-called ‘day forward’ scanning will be managed in-house. During this period of transition, the Trust has purchased two production scanners from Kodak Alaris – the i4650 and i4850 – which process up to 130 and 150 pages per minute respectively. Kodak Capture Pro imaging software has also been selected which allows large batches of medical paperwork to be captured and indexed quickly and efficiently. It will then be imported into the CCube EDMS. An EDMS saves money and is simple for clinicians to use Capital expenditure on the CCube EDMS, Kodak Alaris scanners and capture software along with other implementation costs total £960,000. Over a four-year period, the Trust expects to save over £1.3 million in terms of the operational expenditure associated with the running of its paper-based processes and libraries. The cost savings come from closing the off-site facilities – expected by October 2018. Vijay Magon, CCube Solutions’ managing director, says, “EDMS in the NHS is all about transformation and presenting information contained on paper to clinicians in a much more efficient and effective way. Ease of use is crucial. Doctors have to be able to interact with the system in front of patients without it creating any unnecessary delays which could make consultations longer. Usability and effectiveness is very important which is what you get with CCube software.” About CSC Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) leads clients on their digital transformation journeys. The company provides innovative next-generation technology services and solutions that leverage deep industry expertise, global scale, technology independence and an extensive partner community. CSC serves leading commercial and international public sector organizations, including some of the world’s leading healthcare providers. CSC is a Fortune 500 company and ranked among the best corporate citizens. For more information, visit www.csc.com and www.csc.com/healthcare. About CCube Solutions CCube Solutions is an award-winning provider of enterprise content management solutions, comprising electronic document and records management, workflow, electronic forms, portal software, and systems integration. Founded in 1995, it has a proven track record working with the police, local government, NHS and in the private sector providing cost effective and scalable solutions, tailored to meet the individual requirements of customers. An AIIM Advisory Board member, CCube Solutions is active in developing and guiding the future direction of the ECM industry, and upholds AIIM’s principles of good information management, know-how applied on every customer engagement. CCube Solutions is headquartered in Milton Keynes. For further information, please visit www.ccubesolutions.com For further information, please contact Tom Herbst Tom Herbst PR T: 07768 145571 Email: tom@tomherbstpr.co.uk


News Article | February 23, 2017
Site: www.pressat.co.uk

Villa Care Group, a Leeds based healthcare company and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have signed an agreement to open the Bilberry Unit at Wharfe Villa Care Group, a Leeds based healthcare company and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have signed an agreement to open the Bilberry Unit at Wharfedale Hospital in Otley, a facility providing nursing beds. The beds will be for existing older patients who have finished their acute episode of care at St James’s University Hospital or Leeds General Infirmary and are medically fit for discharge from the Trust, but are waiting whilst assessment or packages of care are put in place. Nursing and care in the Bilberry Unit will be provided by Villa Care Group, while Leeds Teaching Hospitals will provide physio and occupational therapy staff. Howard Taylor, Managing Director of Villa Care Group said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals on this important initiative. This is a positive and innovative collaboration for the Trust and Leeds as a whole and most importantly for the patients, who can benefit from a programme designed to advance them to the next stage of care. “Wharfedale Hospital provides an excellent modern facility that is an important part of the area’s healthcare community, and this unit will enhance that role.” The admission of patients from the Trust hospitals with subsequent discharge from the unit to their next stage of care or home is a key provision of the unit’s operation. Since opening, the unit has reached its full operating level, releasing much needed capacity back to the acute hospitals in Leeds with many patients having already been discharged home or onto long term care, at levels exceeding expectations. Villa Care opened the unit on time and on budget. Villa Care is a Leeds based healthcare provider operating nursing homes, nursing domiciliary care and a healthcare consultancy division. Villa Care Ltd is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Issued by Villa Care: 0113 265 9353 Media contact: Howard Taylor For more information on Villa Care Group visit www.villacaregroup.com


News Article | February 26, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

Heathrow Air Ambulance Service is a Care Quality Commission (CQC) accredited air ambulance provider based in London Heathrow.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Quality Managers, Auditors, and Consultants Will Have Better Access to Career Resources Reports GAQP Memberships in trade organizations and professional certifications have been found to increase income and opportunities.  According to salary.com, “certifications and memberships in professional organizations...can have a positive effect on pay...If you have a certification that is optional...you can expect to earn a little more because of it.”  Another article on monster.com professes that “certifications often mean the difference between pulling down a middling salary and making serious dough.” Quality Managers, auditors, and consultants represent an important, yet largely overlooked, segment of the workforce without adequate professional resources.  On a daily basis, quality professionals keep airplanes flying, power plants operating, medical devices functioning, and food, water, and the environment safe, among numerous other things that impact daily life. The Global Association of Quality Professionals™ (GAQP.org) has announced that it now offers memberships, resources, and professional certifications such as the Certified Quality Manager™ (CQM), Certified Quality Consultant™ (CQC), and Certified Internal Quality Auditor™ (CIQA) programs. According to GAQP, “Quality professionals need proper training, career support, and recognition.  We are passionate about advancing the quality profession, its importance, and how it makes our world a better and safer place.” GAQP™ also offers training on specific areas of expertise within the quality field such as ISO 9001, Lean Manufacturing, and Kanban.


February 15, 2017 – The funding pressures in the NHS are widely reported with constrained resources meaning the health system is buckling under the strain of trying to meet demand yet maintaining standards and services. A new type of funding model – announced today by CCube Solutions and Genmed - will help address the current lack of additional capital available within the NHS to support key projects like EDMS[1] and scanning so that Trusts and Health Boards meet the Government’s deadline that they should be paperless at the point of care by 2023. CCube Solutions is collaborating with Genmed to offer NHS Trusts and Health Boards a cost effective bespoke managed service which will allow them to easily fund the transformation from paper to digital medical records. Robin Modak, Genmed’s chief executive officer says, “The NHS is experiencing a capital famine at the moment. The huge upfront capital costs of software systems and back scanning make it very difficult for Trusts and Health Boards to introduce the new services they have been instructed to by the Department of Health. Our managed service model provides a practical, straightforward revenue based way to solve the paper problem as it spreads the costs out and means it’s treated as an operational not a capital expenditure.” Genmed and CCube Solutions will work in partnership with Trusts and Health Boards to create a bespoke solution which will include CCube’s electronic document management software, project management, IT hardware, support, maintenance and crucially all the legacy records back scanning irrespective of whether this is outsourced to a third party or processed in-house. The cost to Trusts and Health Boards will then be packaged by Genmed using an umbrella contract with the service billed monthly or quarterly. The Genmed managed service is HMRC compliant for VAT recovery and importantly off balance sheet which is critically important for Trusts and Health Boards with no CRL[2] headroom. On balance sheet treatment of contracts can be a deal breaker for Trusts and Health Boards. Vijay Magon, CCube Solutions’ managing director, says, “The demand for EDMS is there but not the method, given it has been a struggle for finance directors to get budget. All Trusts and Health Boards know they need to get rid of paper and transition quickly to digital delivery. With Genmed, we’ll be targeting those who have yet to do so by providing an efficient and risk free way to not only buy our software, but all the associated components required to close costly medical libraries.” The introduction of digital medical records is well proven and accepted to enhance clinical effectiveness, reduce operational costs, ensure compliance with CQC guidance about records and data management, and ultimately boost patient safety and care. Managed services is more than just equipment Modak adds, “It’s important to understand that Genmed is not a managed equipment provider or a finance house. Our remit is much wider. We support Trusts and Health Boards through carefully designed managed service contracts. We’re more consultative working with them to ascertain what clinical facilities or technology they need, their workload issues, finding and selecting suppliers, driving product costs down, putting together the finance, managing the contracts, paying subcontractors and taking all the risk upfront ourselves. We’re unique in the manner we provide managed services in the market as a result.” Genmed helps NHS organisations to increase their efficiencies and streamline their practices by removing the administration overhead and burden of managing suppliers, dealing with orders and invoices, in addition to contract and administrative management. Importantly, Genmed is vendor neutral such that if a Trust or Health Board wants particular equipment from a variety of companies, this can easily be incorporated under the managed service contract with clinicians not forced to have products they don't want. This contrasts to OEMs[3] who often don’t like to have other companies products included in their own contracts because of the perceived risk as well as other suppliers who do not want their commercially sensitive pricing revealed to an OEM acting as the managed equipment service provider. Transparent pricing for managed services which is VAT recoverable Genmed’s actual pricing for its managed service contracts is completely transparent. Modak explains, “We charge a 6% fee on cash flows. So, if a contract is £100,000 per quarter, the customer will be billed £106,000 plus VAT. It’s simple and straight forward with the whole approach tax efficient making our approach extremely compelling.” Not only can Trusts and Health Boards now spread out the cost of shifting to digital records, but under HM Treasury directive rules for contracted out services, public sector organisations including the NHS can recover the VAT which means a 20% refund by HMRC on Genmed managed services – money which can then be used for front line activities to treat patients. Both Genmed and CCube Solutions are approved suppliers on various NHS Framework agreements including NHS London Procurement Partnership, QE Procurement, NHS Shared Business Services and the Crown Commercial Service’s G-Cloud 8 framework. This means that NHS organisations avoid having to go through the time-consuming and costly OJEU tender process to procure and buy services. [1] Electronic Document Management Software [2] Capital Resource Limit is the cap on capital spend in a year which a Trust cannot exceed. [3] Original Equipment Manufacturers About Genmed Currently Genmed’s contract portfolio totals around £430 million. Founded in 2007 and based in London and Wales, Genmed is a managed service provider specialising in the health sector. It works with 40 NHS Trusts and Health Boards around the country where, to date, it has 220 contracts supporting a variety of clinical disciplines such as pathology, surgery, endoscopy, imaging along with IT and facilities. Genmed’ asset finance requirements are funded by large blue chip partners including Societe Generale, GE Capital, Macquarie and Lloyds Corporate. Genmed is headquartered in Weybridge, Surrey. For further information about its services, visit www.genmed.eu About CCube Solutions CCube Solutions is an award-winning provider of enterprise content management solutions, comprising electronic document and records management, workflow, electronic forms, portal software, and systems integration. Founded in 1995, it has a proven track record working with the police, local government, NHS and in the private sector providing cost effective and scalable solutions, tailored to meet the individual requirements of customers. An AIIM Advisory Board member, CCube Solutions is active in developing and guiding the future direction of the ECM industry, and upholds AIIM’s principles of good information management, know-how applied on every customer engagement. CCube Solutions is headquartered in Milton Keynes. For further information, please visit www.ccubesolutions.com For further information, please contact Tom Herbst Tom Herbst PR T: 07768 145571 Email: tom@tomherbstpr.co.uk

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