The MidCentral District Health Board has awarded Australian healthcare software company Alcidion a $1.6m contract for its Miya platform, which it will use to manage the flow of patient care information from reception through the hospital wards and specialist clinical areas to discharge.
The CEO of MidCentral District Health, Kathryn Cook, said the main driver of the investment had been improving patients’ journey through the hospital. “We are focused on removing blocks in our system, reducing patient wait times, and optimising the availability and use of hospital beds.”
Electronic patient journey boards will be deployed in over 20 ward and clinical service locations, with service specific configurations for the emergency department, medical access and planning unit, maternity, children’s, mental health, medical and surgical units.
The platform will be available across over 130 Apple iPads and 75 large format digital displays that will be deployed in every ward and clinical service area. This, Alcidion says, will save clinicians and care team members valuable time in their patient care interactions.
According to Alcidion, clinicians will be able to access individual patient information on mobile devices at the point of care, on computer workstations distributed across the hospitals, and on large format digital displays in shared work areas.
“The mobile EMR provides access to clinical information such as pathology and radiology results as well as access to clinical documentation. Furthermore, the platform identifies emerging clinical risk and highlights ‘at risk’ patients to the clinicians.”
According to Alcidion, a key aspect of Miya is its ability to provide real time intelligence to the MidCentral hospital operations centre, “the focal point for supporting the most efficient allocation of hospital resources to help ensure a fast, safe, clinically effective journey for all patient,” it says.
“The mobile bed management component of Alcidion’s solution provides an overview of capacity and demand ubiquitously across the hospital.”
The Miya platform will be integrated across a broad cross section of MidCentral District Health’s clinical information systems including WebPas, HOMER, Medlab Central, CareStream RIS/PACS, NZ Blood Services, Broadway RIS, Pacific RIS and the variance management system for nursing workload data.
Also, Alcidion says MidCentral Health intends to review the supply of the integrated Miya Smartpage clinical communication and collaboration system as a possible future extension to its use of Miya.