Nelson Marlborough Health Services says the ability to collaborate with other health service providers was a major factor in the choice of JD Edwards' OneWorld software for its new core financial system. NHMS general manager of finance and commercial services Nigel Trainor says as hospital health services work more collaboratively it is important that they start using the same systems. “A number of other hospital health service providers use JD Edwards software and two have just moved to OneWorld. If there were to be shared services then at least we are on the same services.” Because the government has signalled its intention to reshape the health sector by reintroducing district health boards, which will take over the hospitals' and health services’ functions and play a wider role in deciding the mix of services of other providers, there will be a greater emphasis on systems’ robustness and interoperability, according to Trainor. The new system, which will support 25 concurrent uses, replaces CA Masterpiece. It is set to go live in the first week of December. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young will be implementing the modules, which include accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, purchasing, inventory and job costing. Trainor says the request for proposal process drew 28 responses. “We chose JD Edwards OneWorld for a number of reasons. Its system is open and modern technology. We are looking at efficiency gains and the things we see it delivering are easier input of data, better reporting tools and stronger purchasing and inventory modules.” NHMS also plans to move to electronic requisitions, he says. “Eventually we want people at the point of use ordering through the system and dealing directly with the supplier, rather than having a paper trail of various requisitions being inputted at a central point.” NMHS, which manages 600 beds and has an annual turnover of more than $100 million, operates SQL on an NT LAN.