Australia’s Beamtree forms partnerships with NHS services

Beamtree Holdings, a Sydney-based health artificial intelligence and data analytics provider, has formed four relationships with separate NHS entities.

The company has signed a contract with Milton Keynes University Hospital to develop an AI-based algorithm to automate clinical coding to improve patient safety, enhance care quality transparency, and improve resource allocation.

Staff from Beamtree and the hospital will work together on a 12-month proof of concept for the automation of coding in a large majority of routine cases within 24 hours of discharge, liberating the hospital’s clinical coders to focus on complex cases.

Milton Keynes University Hospital chief executive Joe Harrison said: “Our trust is determined to provide the best possible services to our population – and that starts with making sure we use the best possible data to inform both our clinical decision-making and ongoing patient care. This partnership is testament to our commitment to patient safety, transparency and the smart allocation of resources to ensure our people receive the quality of care they deserve.”

Beamtree has secured an agreement to work with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to create a proof of concept to test automated coding processes using machine learning. This partnership will also see the trial and evaluation of the value of Beamtree’s deterioration index and its clinical documentation tool.

Kevin McGee, chief executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “We welcome the opportunity to test and learn from tools that can help improve patient safety and deliver better care to the population of Lancashire and South Cumbria.”

The Australian firm has also agreed with University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW ) to implement a six-month proof of concept to trial its RippleDown solution across its pathology services network, focused on testing in two conditions (thyroid disease and diabetes), plus an audit to assess the efficacy of Beamtree’s deterioration index for patients on the general ward.

Professor Andy Hardy, chief executive of UHCW, said: “We’re excited to explore how automation can support our pathology staff and so free up resources to focus on ever better quality of patient care.”

Beamtree has additionally agreed with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to conduct a quality review of its clinically coded acute mental health data to create a baseline for assessment and to identify areas for improvement.

The combined annual revenue of these partnerships amounts to just under £300,000.

Beamtree’s chief executive Tim Kelsey said: “Beamtree is committed to helping care organisations develop ‘learning health systems’ using our products to tackle medical errors, reduce hospital-acquired complications, address health access inequalities and improve efficiency. We believe the deployment of AI and machine learning tools can make a positive impact on critical factors, such as length of patient stay in hospital and the risk of deterioration. We welcome the opportunity to work with these NHS trusts and look forward to announcing similar partnerships with other like-minded trusts in due course.”

Beamtree opened a London office last August to help further its international growth ambitions.

Date published: March 30, 2022

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