The digital maternity record will replace the paper notes a pregnant woman has traditionally carried during her pregnancy.
Initially we are focusing on improving the data flow between maternity systems, but ultimately, we aim to include all those involved in supporting maternity care, including GPs, sonographers, pathology, and health visitors. This will enable information to be shared in a seamless way regardless of the digital system in use or its location, solely for the purposes of direct care.
By having access to all the information available, healthcare professionals will be able to provide more focused, individualised care and therefore improve the experience for the woman and her family. It will also enable women to have a more active role in their own pregnancy care.
The project has three main phases:
- create a professionally agreed standard for maternity records. This will enable all maternity clinical systems to store data in a consistent way and "speak the same language"
- use standard terminology within the maternity record and its messaging to ensure that different systems can share and interpret the information in the record (this will use SNOMED CT and FHIR)
- allow healthcare professionals to search for, retrieve and subscribe to updates within maternity records so they will have the latest information when providing care. This will link to the National Record Locator service (NRL) and National Events Management System (NEMS) over time.