Senior nurse brings clinical expertise to smart health tech provider



Katy Cain - Alcidion's new clinical consultant

A senior nurse with more than 20 years’ experience in the NHS has joined smart health tech provider Alcidion in a core role as a clinical consultant primarily working with the UK team.

Katy Cain joins Alcidion from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she held a wide range of posts in clinical roles, most recently as a modern matron for the trust’s cardiology directorate.

Cain, who also actively supported the adoption of new technologies in her nursing positions, will maintain close relationships with clinicians in NHS hospitals, to ensure frontline requirements in the UK are proactively fed into Alcidion’s product roadmaps. She will also continue to cover shifts part-time as a nurse to support colleagues through the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Commenting on her appointment, Cain said: “The modern technology that Alcidion is delivering to the NHS and the passion in the company for helping to improve patient care, turned my head. As a healthcare professional, I felt this was the first time I had seen technology that would make a big difference to clinicians and a tech company that really has clinicians at heart. 

“Whether it is using clever technology so staff don’t need to continuously remember hundreds of things, or to free up clinical time at one of the most pressured moments in the history of the health service, by joining Alcidion I felt I could help to make a difference.

“Doctors and nurses no longer have time to work around technology not designed for their needs. I look forward to working with the Alcidion team in the UK and with colleagues globally, in a company that provides technology built for clinicians and that wants to listen to and respond to the challenges being faced.” 

The move comes as Alcidion is expanding its reach in the NHS, following the formal UK launch of Miya Precision last summer as the first smart clinical asset for the NHS. The product integrates information from healthcare organisations’ current systems, uses it to automate routine tasks, care plans and pathways and overlays existing data with advanced clinical decision support to make otherwise static information clinically valuable. It also makes the most of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

The company’s Miya Observations and Miya Assessments modules – formerly known as Patientrack – are already used in more than 40 hospitals, where doctors and nurses have innovated with the system to improve patient safety, with significant impact on preventing patient deterioration, reducing adverse events such as cardiac arrests, and in tackling deadly conditions, including sepsis and acute kidney injury. 

Malcolm Pradhan, chief medical officer for Alcidion, said: We are really pleased to have another clinician with recent frontline experience in the NHS join our team. Katy will provide valuable insight to clinical requirements that we can use to frame our future product roadmaps.”

Lynette Ousby, UK managing director for Alcidion, said: “Katy adds a great dimension to our team here in the UK and will be instrumental in helping us to listen to the needs of NHS professionals. The technologies we provide in the NHS are all about making the right thing the easiest thing to do, having been built and designed by clinicians. We do already have fantastic clinical leaders in Alcidion and Katy’s role will enhance our ability to stay even more in tune with the real pressure points on the frontline of the health service.”

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