Tech to advance digitalisation within the NHS



Smart tech firm Alcidion believes its Miya Precision platform will alleviate the pressure faced by busy healthcare professionals and help to orchestrate digital strategies across regions, as HT World reports.

Miya Precision has been labelled as the ‘very first smart clinical asset for the NHS’ and aims to provide hospitals and regions with a means to move beyond static electronic record systems to technology that ‘proactively engages’ healthcare professionals.

The new platform integrates information from the healthcare organisation’s current systems, using 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.

Miya Precision has seen early adoption in the NHS following successful use by organisations in other parts of the world.

There are currently eight healthcare organisations and 56 hospitals across Australia, New Zealand and the UK that are using Miya Precision.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is the first in the UK to sign up to Miya Precision. The company says that in the lead up to and following its formal launch there has been ‘substantial interest’ from organisations looking for an alternative technology that can help advance digital adoption.

Neil Perry, director of digital transformation at the trust, said: “Miya Precision sits at the centre of our digital strategy.

“It provides a catalyst for us to harness digital technology in ways that allow our clinical staff to make informed decisions more easily, whilst focusing their time and efforts on delivering the best possible patient care and clinical outcomes.

“It is providing us with a new platform to become digitally mature, whilst leveraging artificial intelligence, natural language processing and many other advanced technologies. I look forward to sharing our approach with more hospitals considering this option.”

Features of the system are expected to streamline workflows through clinical noting, natural language processing, electronic observations, electronic prescribing and flow management.

Alcidion says Miya Precision will also enable the NHS to quickly adopt new and emerging technologies and algorithms.

For example, integrated care systems are considering Miya Precision as an orchestration layer to join up disparate digital approaches and systems for hospitals across their regional footprint through a single smart interface.

The platform does this by converting information in incumbent NHS systems to the FHIR standard – allowing that information to be applied to modern applications and to flow to appropriate users in a region.

Lynette Ousby, general manager for Alcidion in the UK, said: “We want to give the NHS a new option when it comes to technology that makes a difference to the way clinicians work. Miya Precision will automate care plans and pathways whilst relieving the cognitive burden still faced by healthcare professionals who very often still need to spend hours each day remembering to carry out hundreds of routine tasks.

“The NHS is faced with the challenge of delivering modern and engaging technology to clinicians whilst still needing to get value from its historic healthcare technologies. We believe we can offer an alternative to unlock that value, to join together systems and expose data in ways that really helps the people delivering care.”

Dr Malcolm Pradhan, chief medical officer for Alcidion, said: “Around the world the healthcare sector still expects doctors and nurses to perform acts of heroism every day just to get their job done.

“We believe IT systems should play a more active role in helping clinicians to look after their patients. Smart technology should help with the memory tasks so professionals can spend more time making difficult judgements – and then it should provide clinical decision support to aid in those decisions.”


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