Health informatics company, Alcidion, has secured a $1.75m, five year contract with the Northern Territory Department of Health for the provision of best practice emergency department order sets.
The Adelaide-based company’s solution, Miya Orders, is said to streamline the Emergency Department workflow by aiding nurses in selecting common tests that can be ordered before the patient is seen by a doctor.
The technology also allows for staff to view the status of orders and identify workflow problems that may affect the time delivery of lab results.
Under the contract, Miya Orders will be implemented by the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Alice Springs Hospital and is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.
Alcidion chief executive and co-founder, Ray Blight, said: “For the most common clinical conditions, the system provides for junior doctors and nursing staff to order tests for a patient as at the same level of expertise as a senior consultant with many years of clinical experience.”
Blight said the Miya technology also assists in embedding evidence-based best clinical practice for pathology ordering, as defined in clinical protocols published by the College of Emergency Physicians and the College of Pathologists.
“This helps to reduce unnecessary diagnostic tests as the technology asks junior doctors to justify any unusual test orders, therefore aiding a reduction in costs due to uncontrolled ordering of exotic and expensive tests,” he added.