Monday, 09 November 2020 12:19

Alcidion signs ‘milestone’ deal with UK’s South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Australian-listed healthcare technology solutions company Alcidion has signed a major deal with the UK’s South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for use of its Miya Precision solution and the Better OPENeP electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) system.

In the largest Miya Precision contract Alcidion (ASX:ALC) has signed to date, South Tees will be the second NHS trust to procure a combination of Miya Precision and the Better OPENeP solution in the last 12 months, following early adopter Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust last December.

Under the deal, Miya Precision will enable South Tees to digitise patient care processes and records, while providing a trust-wide orchestration layer to integrate new clinical data with patient data in existing trust systems, using the FHIR standard for data interchange.

“This will allow information currently held in disparate systems to be consolidated and represented in a common format for application of artificial intelligence and advanced clinical decision support. The Better OPENeP solution – a ‘next generation’ ePMA system – will allow the trust to digitise its prescribing and medicines administration processes. The solutions will launch concurrently at the Trust in the first phase of the technology deployment,” Alcidion said in a statement on Monday.

Dr Andrew Adair, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Emergency Medicine Consultant at South Tees, said: “This technology is designed for clinicians by people who really understand clinicians. Our agreement with Alcidion will allow us to accelerate our digital maturity and adopt modern technology that will have a very significant positive impact on the daily lives of the people who use it.

“We have been determined to finalise this agreement at a time of unprecedented pressure in the NHS. The systems we are about to implement will help to lighten the burden faced by clinical staff who are working fantastically hard, by reducing time spent on manual processes and providing some extremely impressive clinical decision support tools.

“We have chosen to work with Alcidion as more than just another technology supplier – but as a partner that has already demonstrated it understands the needs of our healthcare professionals, our digital strategy and the specific needs of our organisation.”

“South Tees will use Miya Precision to move beyond static systems of record, to systems that proactively engage staff by providing a more complete view of patient data in a manner that supports the way they work,”said Lynette Ousby, UK general manager for Alcidion.

“We are committed to working with the Trust and its existing suppliers to unlock substantial value from their current IT investments and complement that with new technological capabilities in an interconnected way. Discarding investments to accelerate digital maturity is no longer the only option for the NHS. South Tees’ decision demonstrates this and we look forward to working with them to make sure we deliver technology in a way that is genuinely helpful to users.”

Alcidion Group managing director, Kate Quirke, said: “Clinical staff working across South Tees will be among the first in the UK to benefit from our range of healthcare technologies that have been specifically built to make the right thing to do, the easiest thing to do, even during the busiest of times. It is extremely rewarding to see South Tees enter into this agreement so soon after we formally launched Miya Precision as the first smart clinical asset for the NHS.”

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