In January 2018, Simon Stevens, the NHS England Chief Executive, undertook an in-depth review of what is required to provide women with access to their electronic maternity record.
The Women's Digital Care Records project supports women with the opportunity to contribute towards their record, providing a greater understanding which then impacts on care.
For example, a woman may choose to:
- capture and share images, videos or record appointments
- capture personalised care planning and support relevant to the stage of her pregnancy
- share information with the midwife before they meet, through a questionnaire, to enable the midwife to have a more personalised conversation with her
- have access to her pregnancy record along side the team caring for her.
NHS Digital and NHS England were asked to implement electronic personal records for pregnant women, so we can start to see if digital health records can be adopted more widely in the future.
We have initiated projects across 20 sites in England working with women, maternity services and supportive system suppliers to provide a convenient means for pregnant women to use their digital care record.
The areas covered within the project so far include:
- North Cumbria
- Lancashire and South Cumbria
- The Black Country
- Birmingham and Solihull
- Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
- South West London
- Kent and Medway
- South East London
- Norfolk and Waverney
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,
- West Yorkshire
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham