Health company Alcidion Group (ASX: ALC) has been awarded a $500,000, three-year contract to deliver its Patientrack bedside monitoring software solution to the UK’s Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
Patientrack will be used to digitise information relating to patient vital signs and bedside observations, ensuring early warning scores are accurately calculated and that medical staff are automatically alerted to patients needing early intervention.
Taunton and Somerset is one of 17 acute hospital trusts within the UK’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) knowledge-sharing program designed to improve patient care through the adoption of world-class technologies and to create blueprints for other trusts to adopt.
The contract with Alcidion is a component of the trust’s “best of breed” digital strategy – which draws on medical professionals to identify the right technologies to support in-hospital care – and is expected to deliver significant benefits for ward staff and patient safety.
It will form part of part of the trust’s ecosystem of clinical solutions used to support patient-centred care, giving medical staff mobile access to essential information on patients at risk of deterioration.
The trust will use Patientrack to progressively deploy electronic patient assessments including sepsis, neurological, neurovascular, weight and Bristol Stool results.
Alcidion chief executive officer Kate Quirke said the contract will deliver tangible benefits to frontline staff within its biggest customer base.
“This is an important opportunity for us to expand our work within a globally-respected institution, and to put helpful technology and information into the hands of professionals, where it can really make a difference,” she said.
“[The trust’s] approach to digital transformation is about delivering tangible benefits in patient safety to frontline staff quickly [and is] looked to across England and further afield as an example of digital excellence.”
Ms Quirke said many hospitals within the UK’s NHS have already recorded substantial gains in patient safety via Patientrack technology.
Measured impacts have included reductions in cardiac arrests, mortality, length of stay and admissions to intensive care.
Hospitals have also used Patientrack to tackle deadly conditions including acute kidney injury and sepsis.