South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust have both gone live with real-time patient monitoring system, Miya Precision, from Alcidion.

The new system will help to improve patient safety and introduce efficiencies to streamline patients’ hospital stays. The IT will be deployed as a module of the trusts’ Electronic Patient Record Systems (EPRs), with the trusts opting to accelerate its implementation.

Both South Tees and Dartford have already gone live with the Miya Observations and Assessments modules. This module includes an early warning system that shares critical information as soon as it’s recorded. By doing so, clinical staff can ensure they focus their efforts on those patients with immediate needs, which could lead to a shorter hospital stay.

In addition, Dartford has also gone live with Miya Flow, which gives clinical staff access to real-time information on patient status. The trust also intends to deploy Alcidion’s clinical noting, discharge notes, e-prescribing and clinical decision support over the coming months.

Andrew Adair, CCIO at South Tees Hospitals said: “Miya Observations is just the first component of a clinically responsive transformation programme that will digitise paper processes, join together systems across the trust, and provide the foundations for regional integration.

“This is far more than a traditional EPR. There is genuine excitement that we are going to leapfrog some of the technologies in other parts of the health service with what we have coming.”

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust was the first NHS organisation to choose Miya Precision and to roll out the Miya Observations and Assessments alongside Miya Flow.

Neil Perry, CIO at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, said: “The Alcidion solution is central to our digital strategy. We are proceeding at pace and believe that Miya Precision is the fastest way for us to achieve a high level of digital maturity. It is also a way for us to move beyond the traditional EPR, to support our clinicians and to make the care we deliver to patients more efficient and safer.

“The journey boards have enabled us to make sure that 100% of our patients have an estimated date of discharge recorded and that helps wards to make sure discharge dates are met, which, in turn, helps to address the huge pressure we are under.”

Dartford plans to roll out its use of Miya Flow as a ‘command centre’ giving full visibility of the bed and patient status to ease winter pressures. The trust has also agreed a contract with Alcidion to replace the diabetes service legacy system and replace it with Miya Precision. It will be expanded to include outpatients services, where it will integrate with the Dartford’s developing personal health record from Patients Know Best.

Lynette Ousby, managing director at Alcidion, added: “This is ultimately about helping to make it easier to do the right thing for patients, at a time when nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals are working in extremely challenging circumstances. These examples clearly show how effective technology can help the service in meeting those needs, especially at critical times like the imminent winter pressures.”

At the same time that South Tees signed up for Alcidion’s Miya Precision it also agreed a deal for the Better OPENeP electronic prescribing and medicines administration system to help advance its digital maturity.