3-year deal signed with digital exemplar NHS trust Taunton

Alcidion signs vital signs monitoring and patient assessments contract with Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


  • Alcidion selected as solution partner for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, a contract valued at $500k over 3 years
  • Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust will implement Alcidion’s Patientrack software solution to improve patient care and safety
  • The Trust is part of the NHS Global Digital Exemplars program – encouraging use of world-class digital technologies and information and the creation of blueprints for other trusts

Melbourne, Victoria – Alcidion Group Limited (ASX: ALC) has been selected by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to deliver Patientrack, Alcidion’s electronic observations and patient assessment solution, signing a contract worth $500K over three years.

Patientrack will be used to digitise the capture of patient vital signs and observations at the bedside. This will ensure that patients’ early warning scores are accurately calculated, and that nurses and doctors are automatically alerted to patients at risk of deterioration, so that they can intervene earlier. The deployment, which will see frontline staff benefit over the coming months, is expected to deliver significant gains for patient safety and is a component of the trust’s wider digital priorities.

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is one of 17 acute (hospital) trusts in the NHS England’s Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) program, a 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 deployment of Patientrack is expected to deliver significant benefits for ward staff and improvements in patient safety. It is a key component of the trust’s wider digital agenda.

Stuart Hill, deputy CIO at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said “Patientrack will form part of the trust’s ecosystem of clinical solutions, which clinicians use to support patient-centred care. Electronic observations and assessments are vital to the trust’s digital agenda, which fits our GDE program blueprint to advance the use of digitally enabled care.

“We chose Alcidion’s Patientrack solution because of its proven impact across other NHS organisations to enhance patient safety through digital technology. It will make essential information on patients at risk of deterioration much more mobile for our professionals, who will benefit quickly from this solution which is planned to be deployed over the coming months.”

After an initial go-live of electronic observations, the trust will use Patientrack to progressively deploy electronic patient assessments including sepsis, neurological, neurovascular, weight and Bristol Stool assessments.

Patientrack will interoperate with other hospital systems to deliver vital information where needed. Deployment of the system will help to deliver on ambitions of the trust’s best of breed digital strategy, which has drawn heavily on clinicians to identify the right technologies to support care.

Kate Quirke, CEO for Alcidion, said: “The NHS remains our biggest customer base in the world, drawing on proven technology to make a difference for the lives of patients. 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. We are looking forward to working with this GDE that is also using one of our partners ePrescribing solutions, OPENeP from Better.

Donald Kennedy, UK general manager at Alcidion, said: “This fast implementation shows what can be done when NHS hospitals and responsive technology providers work together. This best of breed approach to digital transformation is about delivering tangible benefits in patient safety to frontline NHS staff quickly in a trust that is looked to across England and further afield as an example of digital excellence.”

More widely across the NHS, many hospitals have recorded substantial gains in patient safety by using the Patientrack technology. Measured impact has included significant reductions in cardiac arrests, mortality, length of stay, and admissions to intensive care. Hospitals have also innovated with the Patientrack technology to tackle deadly conditions, including acute kidney injury and sepsis.