The University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) in the UK has selected iMDsoft’s new mobile electronic observation solution, MetaVision SafeTrack, for all 1,237 of its general ward level one beds.

The deal follows the hospital’s choice of the MetaVision patient data management system (PDMS) for their high acuity environments.

UHS is focused on providing specialist services such as neurosciences, cardiac services and children’s intensive care to more than three million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands.

In association with the University of Southampton, the UHS is a major centre for teaching and research.

MetaVision SafeTrack was acquired by UHS to further improve patient safety in the hospital and reduce mortality numbers, following the procurement and implementation of an electronic patient acuity monitoring system (ePAMS).

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The acquisition was completed after securing funding from the Nursing Technology Fund earlier this year.

By using mobile devices across 57 wards, 3,000 nurses and midwives will replace paper with MetaVision SafeTrack to capture observations.

"MetaVision SafeTrack will track the early warning score, giving us much better visibility of patient deterioration than in the past."

Clinical teams will be alerted by automated modified early warning score (MEWS) calculations and escalations for the need for intervention.

The company noted the system will support the specific MEWS of the various hospital departments and can be adjusted for individual scores per patient.

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust information management and technology director Adrian Byrne said: "MetaVision SafeTrack will track the early warning score, giving us much better visibility of patient deterioration than in the past, and enabling a quicker and more appropriate response.

"Having vital sign data on the same platform as the critical care data is compelling for us, and will facilitate simple transition of patients across different levels of acuity."

UHS also selected the MetaVision PDMS for their high acuity environments, and is now implementing the solution for more than 100 anaesthesia and intensive care beds.

The MetaVision PDMS is already in operation in the Surgical High Dependency unit and the Cardiac ICU, with the OR, GICU, Neuro ICU, PICU and NICU to follow shortly.

Installed in more than 20 NHS hospitals, the MetaVision PDMS delivers high impact results in complex clinical environments. It includes advanced tools for clinical assessment, treatment and care planning, providing complete electronic patient records.