ACT Health will soon implement real-time digital bedside technology that replaces outdated bedside whiteboards.
 
The healthcare provider has signed an agreement with Adelaide-based healthcare informatics firm, Alcidion Group, to implement the company’s latest software module, Bed Board, in a territory-wide project. 
 
The new University of Canberra Public Hospital will be the initial site to get the digital technology, with the option for future implementation at The Canberra Hospital.
 
Specifically, the company will implement Patientrack’s new Bed Board module, which will form part of the overall Electronic Patient Journey Board solution, comprised of Miya Flow, Smartpage and Patientrack. 
 
The Patientracks Bed Board module delivers real-time patient information by replacing the patient’s
bedside whiteboard, which currently requires manual written updates from a nurse or clinician, with an electronic whiteboard or wall-mounted tablet. 
 
It also displays real-time patient information from multiple data feeds directly to the bedside, with the aim of improving patient safety and reducing the risk of clinician error from manual whiteboard use. 
 
The Bed Board module displays demographics to aid in Positive Patient Identification, patient location, estimated date of discharge, falls risk status, dietary requirements and mobility information.
 
This implementation marks the first health provider to use Alcidion’s entire end-to-end product suite. 
 
 
Alcidion CEO Kate Quirke told HITNA that the project aims to highlight risks, notify clinicians of changes to a patient’s health and impediments to patient flow to ensure they are managed before they impact on the length of hospital stay.
 
“We’re about adding smart technology into healthcare to add value to digitised healthcare that are being invested in – so we add value to EMRs, draw information directly from laboratory and radiology, and also aid clinicians in the delivery of care using mobility as a tool,” she said. 
 
“The use of our interface aims to be intuitive and in line with what clinicians need at the bedside to make decisions.” 
 
According to Quirke, the solution also improves communication between the patient, their family and the care team, as well as efficiency within the nursing team. 
 
“This real-time information needs to be entered once only and is drawn from the source of truth. It is then presented real-time at the patient’s bed, so clinicians know it’s the right patient and know what’s important about that patient at a glance,” she said.  
 
The contract also includes three years of support and implementation services. ACT Health has the option to extend the support beyond the three years.
 
“We’ve been in partnership with ACT Health for many years. We started off as a services provider to the organisation. Moving forward, we will continue to work with it to assist it with the implementation of not only our solutions but integration of other solutions that it chooses as it goes along,” she said. 
 
 
Moving forward, Alcidion is working towards building more algorithms into its platform to tackle Hospital Acquired Complications (HACs).
 
“The delivery of healthcare can be quite dangerous. The Duckett report out of the Grattan Institute recently indicated that we’re spending about $1.5 billion a year in Australia dealing with complications arising in healthcare,” she said.  
 
“There are 16 of these HACs identified by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) that need to be addressed and so, we’re focused on building algorithmic capabilities and AI into our platform to alert clinicians of the risks, which then translate into improved patient outcomes.” 
 

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