Child health information available at point of care

Vital child health information will be available to health professionals and parents at the point of care, thanks to a new live national service which has been launched by the NHS.

NHS Digital has revealed that parents and health professionals will be able to use the National Events Management Service to securely receive information digitally and use it to inform decisions on care and treatment. The service securely publishes information on key health interventions for children.

Initially launched in North East London in partnership with North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and their health visiting and child health services, the service shows which preventative interventions a child has received and will hopefully improve the speed of diagnosis and treatment by giving health visitors and parents access to the same information sources at the same time.

David Pike, programme manager at NELFT, said “The results so far have been very encouraging. Within the first couple of days we achieved a 20 per cent increase in the timeliness of new birth notifications from out of area maternity units, enabling our health visitors to see new families sooner.

“We also received 2,000 address changes on the first day, which means we're picking up children new to NELFT services much quicker; ensuring those children moving out of area are rapidly notified to their new service provider. Based on these early improvements, we expect to be targeting health resources much more accurately in the coming year.”

Martin Dennys, programme manager for Digital Child Health at NHS Digital, said: “Child health information is currently held across a number of different information systems across the UK. The National Events Management Service supports the communication between these systems and is an important milestone in the journey to deliver more personalised, responsive and integrated services to families and children. We now look forward to supporting suppliers in rolling the service out more widely.”

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