The new information standards, will ensure maternity record information is consistently captured and as a result can be shared more easily across health care systems in England in the future.
As part of the national plans to improve maternity services, the NHS is changing the way information is shared between women, doctors and other members of the health care team. The first step in this process is to standardise the information in digital maternity records.
Once maternity services and system suppliers have adopted the record standard, it becomes easier for information about the care of women when pregnant from the maternity record to be shared between different systems, because they are speaking the same language. This will facilitate the next phases of the digital maternity interoperability project, which enables data to be shared through new technical capabilities in a safe and secure way.
This will save time for health care professionals and women and make sure they have the necessary information in the right place, at the right time to make decisions for safer care.