DeepMind Health to work with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

DeepMind Health has announced it will start working with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust after signing an agreement to deploy Streams.

The hospital will be working with DeepMind Health to implement and develop the Streams clinical app that will further improve patient safety. This will be available at the bedside to alert doctors and nurses to any patients needing immediate assessment, and help them rapidly determine whether the patient has other serious conditions such as acute kidney injury.

The Streams app will also allow clinical staff to see all relevant information, such as results of x-rays, scans or blood tests, in one place at the touch of a button.

Musgrove Park was named last year as a Global Digital Exemplar for the NHS, and won £10 million in Government funding to enable it to make rapid progress in transforming its use of digital technology.

Dr Dominic King, clinical lead at DeepMind Health, said: “Nurses and doctors already using Streams are telling us that it is helping them deliver faster and better care for their patients. The Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is well known for its pioneering approach to healthcare technology, so it’s incredibly exciting to be working with the outstanding clinical team there, on the shared goal of improving outcomes for patients.”

Tom Edwards, a consultant surgeon at the trust, said: “Fast access to information about patients is absolutely crucial for our doctors, nurses, and other clinical staff.

“Safety alerts will be immensely useful, but it is important to remember that – whatever technology we use – it will still be our highly trained and expert staff who are making decisions about diagnosis, treatment and patient care.”

The new Streams app uses tried and tested NHS guidance (algorithms) to process patient information in order to raise safety alerts. It will not use any information that is not already available to hospital staff. Patient data remains at all times under the control of Musgrove Park Hospital.