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The Senior Programme Lead in the Operations and Information Directorate within NHS England appeals for help from innovators:
The Digital Child Health programme was established to deliver the key aims of the Healthy Children: Transforming Child Health Information strategy.
The vision is to create a step change in the way information and technology is used.
The programme will deliver new opportunities, such as holistic, real time clinical care records and better health outcomes, by improving collaboration between health and care professionals and families, children and young people.
We are collaborating with suppliers, the London region and Lancashire and South Cumbria STP, to deliver proof of concepts and set the foundations for new infrastructure and the electronic Personal Child Health Record.
We would like to hear from anyone interested in contributing to the early work, or who would like to share their local innovations.
One of the key outputs from the programme will be the digitalisation of the ‘Red book’ – the current paper-based record.
A new, electronic Personal Child Health Record will enable parents, carers and healthcare professionals to update and access information digitally. It will be the first step in providing modern, responsive services for children.
The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has endorsed new standards to make sure information can be exchanged directly between different clinical and administrative systems without the need for any manual exchange. These standards will ensure information on screening tests, immunisations and developmental milestones is available in a consistent, coherent way.
It also means that everyone involved in a child’s care, including parents, will have access in the future to a standardised set of paperless, digital child health records.
The DCH Programme will ensure those involved in the care of a child will see appropriate information at the point of care, improving the patient experience and empowering professionals to make informed decisions.
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