South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a new deal with Alcidion for a range of “smart technologies”.
The deal aims to enhance patient safety and alleviate pressure on clinicians through automating routine tasks to save time.
The trust will adopt Alcidion’s Miya Precision solution as well as the Better OPENeP electronic prescribing and medicines administration system to rapidly advance its digital maturity.
Andrew Adair, chief clinical information officer and emergency medicine consultant at the trust, said: “This technology is designed for clinicians by people who really understand clinicians. Our agreement with Alcidion will allow us to accelerate our digital maturity and adopt modern technology that will have a very significant positive impact on the daily lives of the people who use it.
“The systems we are about to implement will help to lighten the burden faced by clinical staff who are working fantastically hard, by reducing time spent on manual processes and providing some extremely impressive clinical decision support tools.
“We have chosen to work with Alcidion as more than just another technology supplier – but as a partner that has already demonstrated it understands the needs of our healthcare professionals, our digital strategy and the specific needs of our organisation.”
Miya Precision, which formally launched over the summer, is branded as a smart clinical asset for the NHS. It will provide a trust-wide orchestration layer to integrate information held across existing systems, converting it to the FHIR standard.
This will allow data currently held in disparate systems to be consolidated and referenced by artificial intelligence and advanced clinical decision support provided through the Miya Precision platform.
The new system will automate tasks, care plans and pathways at South Tees Hospitals.
It will provide new and advanced functionality around clinical noting, natural language processing, flow management and remote monitoring of patients.
The system will also provide a common user interface for dozens of IT systems in place across the trust, whilst Miya Memory, the company’s mobile solution, will make the full patient record accessible to clinicians on mobile devices.
Alongside Miya Precision the suppliers OPENeP system will allow the trust to digitise its prescribing and medicines administrations process.
Lynette Ousby, UK general manager for Alcidion, said: “South Tees Hospitals will use Miya Precision to move beyond static systems of record, to systems that proactively engage staff.
“We are committed to working with the trust and its existing suppliers to unlock substantial value from their current IT investments and complementing that with new technological capabilities in an interconnected way.
“Ripping out investments to accelerate digital maturity is no longer the only option for the NHS. South Tees Hospitals’ decision demonstrates this, and we look forward to working with the trust to make sure we deliver technology in a way that is genuinely helpful to users.”
South Tees Hospitals is the second NHS trust to procure a combination of Alcidion’s Miya Precision and Patientrack systems and the Better OPENeP solution – following early adopter Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust.