​Alcidion locks in five-year AU$1.75m contract with NT Department of Health

The Northern Territory Department of Health will implement Alcidion's Miya Orders emergency department order set, to help improve clinical workflow related to diagnostic testing.

Adelaide-based health information provider Alcidion has secured a five-year AU$1.75 million contract with the Northern Territory Department of Health to help streamline the emergency department's workflow.

Under the contract, the Department of Health will implement Alcidion's Miya Orders emergency department order set to the Royal Darwin Hospital and the Alice Springs Hospital, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2015.

The order set is expected to improve clinical workflow related to diagnostic tests, such as address issues related to costs associated with ordering redundant tests and diagnosis errors.

According to Alcidion, medical staff will also be able to oversee and track status orders of lab results and overall patient flow. The company added it will guide nurses and doctors with selecting appropriate pathology tests for a patient, depending on their clinical needs, whether it's chest pains or a snake bite.

Alcidion co-founder and CEO Ray Blight claimed that unlike existing computerised physician order entry that focus on medication order entry, Miya Orders looks at laboratory ordering and radiology ordering.

"For the most common clinical conditions, the system provides for junior doctors, and in some cases, nursing staff, to order tests for a patient as at the same level of expertise as a senior consultant with many, many years of clinical experience," he said.