Secondary Care

Two trusts go live with patient management tech

Two trusts, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, have gone live with a digital solution to support patient flow management.

The technology, from Alcidion, provides the trusts with tools to support real-time patient monitoring and patient flow management; including decision support, an early warning system and estimated date of discharge for patients.

Introduced to support patient safety measures at the trusts, the company’s Miya Observations and Assessments module (previously known as Patientrack) is now live.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust has also introduced a software module to provide a ‘journey board’ for clinical staff to view real-time information on patient status.

Neil Perry, chief information officer at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, said: “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.”

Andrew Adair, chief clinical information officer, commented on the deployment at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: “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 now plans to deploy clinical noting, discharge notes, e-prescribing and clinical decision support. It is also aims to develop the programme to create a  ‘command centre’, to provide complete visibility.