1M U.K. National Health Service Users Live on Oracle HCM

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<strong>Redwood Shores, Calif. &mdash; Feb. 20</strong><br />Oracle announced that England&rsquo;s National Health Service (NHS) has become one of the largest Oracle Human Resources Management System and Oracle Payroll implementations. Recognized at Oracle OpenWorld 2007 San Francisco with an Innovation Award, the National Health Service&rsquo;s Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system now has 1 million users live on a single, global instance on Oracle.<br /> <br />Since its inception in 2001, the project team has been focused on providing a complete workforce management system that enables real-time reporting capabilities to monitor and manage workforce related costs, such as absence and training. ESR has enabled the nationwide integration of data and processes from disparate NHS IT systems, helping to:<br /><ul><li>Streamline the cost of maintaining employee records.</li><li>Ensure greater data protection through the centralized management of records.</li><li>Establish a single source for employee data, with one record maintained on each employee that is accessible from anywhere within the system.</li><li>Improve the accuracy of staff records and the effectiveness of services delivered to staff.</li></ul> <br />ESR will be adopted by more than 600 organizations within the NHS, covering 7 percent of the working population throughout England and Wales. Implemented by McKesson UK, it will replace 28 core payroll systems (plus variants) and 67 legacy human resource systems for the National Health Service once fully implemented. <br /> <br />&ldquo;We are pleased to have reached the 1 million user mark because it demonstrates how technology can be used to bring about cost efficiencies and service improvements in the public sector,&rdquo; said Simon Willcock, NHS ESR program director. &ldquo;We were delighted to receive the Oracle Innovation Award last year because it was a tribute to the tireless efforts of the ESR team, who worked to bring this project in on time and on budget. The collaboration with Oracle and McKesson UK has helped us create a solution that meets our needs, shows the value of strategic IT partnerships and will be integral to our success as an organization.&rdquo; <br /> <br />&ldquo;The NHS contracted with McKesson to build and deploy their ESR solution quickly and cost effectively on Oracle&rsquo;s world-class technology platform,&rdquo; said Charmaine McDonald, managing director at McKesson UK. &ldquo;We are pleased with our leadership role in collaborating with the NHS and Oracle and our ability to take advantage of best practices in developing and implementing this Oracle-based solution. We look forward to continuing our work with Oracle and to maximizing the value that we can deliver to the NHS.&rdquo;<br /> <br />The NHS&rsquo; national implementation of Oracle Human Resources Management System and Oracle Payroll is being rolled out using a phased approach. Each phase or &ldquo;wave&rdquo; addresses the specific business needs of the particular location and emphasizes change management, in order to help users understand the impact of a new system, data migration and systems testing. In addition to the core Oracle Applications, organizations are supported to implement additional modules in Oracle Human Resources Management System at pre- or post-go-live, such as Oracle Learning Management, Oracle&rsquo;s suite of talent management applications, and Oracle Self Service HR, which allows managers and employees to respectively input, view and report on their information. <br /> <br />&ldquo;Reaching the milestone of 1 million users live on a single instance of Oracle Human Capital Management Applications is a major achievement and a testament to the collaborative efforts of the teams involved and the integrity of the architecture,&rdquo; said Sergio Giacoletto, executive vice president, Oracle Europe, Middle East and Africa.<br /> <br />Wave 10 of the implementation was completed in October 2007. Wave 12, the final phase, is expected to be complete in Spring 2008, bringing the total number of users to 1.2 million.<br />

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