NHS Tayside signs up to early warning system

Published: 24-Mar-2022

Health board becomes the third in Scotland to use Miya Observations system, with significant results for patients

NHS Tayside has signed a five-year agreement with smart health tech provider, Alcidion, to deploy Miya Observations, an electronic monitoring system.

Formerly known as Patientrack, the system has already delivered substantial clinical benefits in other NHS hospitals, including early adopters in Scotland, where alerts and improved visibility of the sickest patients have helped staff to significantly enhance patient safety and cut the number of cardiac arrests.

NHS Tayside, which employs 14,000 people and serves a population of more than 400,000 across rural and urban communities in Dundee City, Angus, and Perth and Kinross, will deploy Miya Observations throughout its regional network.

The solution provides an early warning system that shares critical information as soon as it is recorded, rather than simply passively capturing a patient’s vital signs on a paper-based bedside chart.

And it alerts clinical staff when patients show signs of deterioration so they can rapidly intervene and focus on those patients most in need.

It has helped hospitals to prevent negative clinical outcomes and manage risks around deadly conditions including acute kidney injury and sepsis.

NHS Tayside will use Miya Observations across approximately 975 beds to electronically record vital signs and patient observations, produce charts, automatically calculate patient early warning scores, generate clinical alerts, and document a range of clinical assessments.

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.”

Group managing director, Kate Quirke, 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 and 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.”

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