The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) Health Informatics Unit is currently hosting a consultation to seek views from parents and carers, health and care professionals and industry on the content of a new set of standards for a digital health records for children.
The project has been commissioned by NHS Digital as part of the NHS England Digital Child Health Strategy, and is being led by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) in order to develop a standard that can be embedded across all four nations.
The development of these new standards will mean that birth details, immunisation records and the outcome of developmental reviews can be effectively shared electronically with health care professionals and made available to parents/carers through the personal electronic child health record (known as the e-red book). This will help ensure that every child receives the health and care support that they need, making key clinical information available online whenever and wherever it is needed.
This widespread consultation with a wide variety of users, care professionals and commissioners from all backgrounds and contexts is invaluable in ensuring that all data items are meaningful, relevant, complete and fit for purpose to record/incorporate into clinical information systems.
This is the first in a series of three surveys and focuses on the areas of birth details and the new born review. The subsequent surveys will cover:
- Immunisations and routine primary, health visitor and school nurse information
- Developmental assessments and personal data.