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Emily is first ‘digital baby’

Thursday, 8th December, 2016 1:00am

A Cork newborn baby called Emily has made history by being the first Irish person to receive her own electronic health record from birth.

Weighing in at 7lb 5oz, the daughter of Ellen Shine and Aidan Cotter arrived in CUMH on Saturday 3 December.

Emily’s electronic health record marks the introduction of the country’s Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS) which will see the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) for all women and babies in maternity services.

This allows the clinical record information to be shared with relevant providers of care, as and when required.

This system will be the first national electronic patient chart for maternity anywhere in the world. This means that every maternity hospital in the country will be using the same electronic chart with standardisation of the information flow and collection, with very obvious advantages for the patient and carers.

While the system went live in CUMH, plans are in place to roll out the system across the country with the next implementation due to take place University Hospital Kerry, followed by other large hospitals.

Welcoming the systems, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said: “The introduction of an electronic health record for mothers and babies in Cork marks a very significant advance in our national journey towards a digital health system.

“I salute the clinicians, local management and the eHealth Ireland team that have made this breakthrough and I look forward to the further roll-out of electronic records for all citizens in the immediate years ahead.

“This will support better, safer clinical decision-making and a more connected health service delivering improved health outcomes. For our citizens to experience a truly joined-up health service, then the health system will need to weave a digital fabric that supports health and wellbeing as well as integrated care,” he said.

Professor Richard Greene, Consultant Obstetrician, CUMH and MN-CMS Joint National Clinical Lead for Obstetrics, said: “This new clinical management system means that patients will have an electronic record instead of a paper record, which will enhance patient care.

“The system includes maternity early warning scores (iMEWS) and a sepsis early warning scoring system, e-prescribing and order communication tools for mother and baby patient care. Neonatal ICU has its first digital support solution to capturing of key information. This ‘go live’ is a result of the dedication and teamwork of many staff within maternity services nationally.”

The HSE has a contract with Cerner to deliver the MN-CMS which will then be rolled out to all 19 maternity units over a three-year period.

The system has been specifically tailored for the Irish healthcare system with clinicians completing a full clinical validation of the design and build of the MN-CMS.

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