NHS Tayside has signed up to deploy an early warning system from Alcidion which aims to improve visibility of the sickest patients, enhance patient safety and reduce the number of cardiac arrests.

The Scottish NHS Board has signed a five-year deal with the health tech company which will see Miya Observations – an electronic monitoring system, formerly known as Patientrack – being rolled out across its regional network.

Miya Observations will be used to electronically record vital signs and patient observations, produce charts, automatically calculate patient early warning scores, generate clinical alerts and document a number of clinical assessments.

Critical information will be shared as soon as it is recorded and clinical staff will be alerted when patients show signs of deterioration. This enables healthcare staff to intervene quickly and focus on those patients who are most in need.

Alcidion UK commercial director Tom Scott said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with NHS Tayside, extending Miya Observations to a third health board in Scotland. This agreement represents recognition of the benefits that are realised through capturing key clinical data at the bedside, and reporting and acting on it in real time.”

According to NHS Tayside, hospitals who are already used the system have already observed reduced length of stay alongside other clinical benefits, such as managing risks and improving patient safety.

Alcidion group managing director Kate Quirke said: “Healthcare technology should exist to deliver benefits to the people delivering and receiving care. It should help to make the right thing to do the easiest thing to do. I look forward to seeing these benefits extend to healthcare professionals and patients in NHS Tayside as the health board deploys Alcidion’s Miya capabilities.”

NHS Tayside has become the third health board in Scotland to use Miya Observations, joining NHS Fife and NHS Lanarkshire.