This RCP Health Informatics Unit project will develop standards for the clinical content and structure of maternity records and to ensure that this information can be easily shared amongst healthcare professionals and women themselves, with the focus on delivering safer care for both women and their babies.
The project will look at how to improve care experienced by pregnant women and their babies by developing standards for an electronic maternity record to allow clinical information to be recorded, exchanged and accessed consistently across the care settings.
This work aims to:
The project builds on the outputs of previous Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) projects, including the Healthy Child Record, the discharge summary and other transfer of care standards (emergency care, mental health and ambulance to emergency department), and crisis care documentation.
The HIU is working in partnership with the PRSB in producing these standards. For more information regarding this project, please visit the PRSB website.
Pregnant women, parents, carers, and health and care professionals were widely consulted through workshops and online surveys.