NHS Tayside signs contract to implement early warning system

NHS Tayside has signed a five-year contact with Alcidion, a health technology provider, to deploy an electronic monitoring system known as Miya Observations.  

The early warning system, formerly named Patientrack, provides healthcare professionals with an ‘improved visibility’ of patients and has been introduced to support patient safety.  

NHS Tayside will employ the system across 975 beds, in which clinical staff will be alerted when patients show signs of deterioration and intervention can be applied to focus on those in need of immediate assistance.  

The system, in use across health boards in Scotland, is reported to help prevent negative clinical outcomes for patients, as well as managing risks around deadly conditions.  

Tom Scott, Alcidion UK Commercial Director, commented of the new early warning system: “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.”  

On the virtues of the implementation of the new technology, Kate Quirke, Alcidion Group Managing Director, added: “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. It is rewarding to see this success story continue to grow in Scotland, and to be welcoming another important NHS customer in the UK.” 

In January, HTN interviewed the team from Alcidion, to discuss the company’s projects and plans for the future. You can read the interview here.