‘Rain­bow’ baby book plan

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

AUS­TRALIA’S states and ter­ri­to­ries have con­firmed an agree­ment to move to­wards a na­tion­ally har­monised baby book sys­tem, so that im­mu­ni­sa­tions and growth mile­stones for in­fants can be recorded in dig­i­tal form con­sis­tently across all ju­ris­dic­tions.

The move was un­veiled this week in Syd­ney at the Health In­for­mat­ics Con­fer­ence by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Na­tional Chil­dren’s Dig­i­tal Health Col­lab­o­ra­tive, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Pulse IT.

The Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals Net­work is part of the group, along with eHealth NSW ceo Zo­ran Bole­vich, who noted that the cur­rent paper-based sys­tem was “ever so slightly dif­fer­ent” in each state.

The sub­tle vari­a­tions are more than just in the colours of the doc­u­ments, with the NSW, Tas and SA book be­ing blue, the Queens­land one red, WA pur­ple, NT yel­low and green in Vic.

Bole­vich was quoted as say­ing the in­con­sis­ten­cies were a bar­rier to a “com­pelling and ef­fec­tive dig­i­tal so­lu­tion”.

The har­monised con­tent will form the ba­sis for a na­tional elec­tronic sys­tem that will in fu­ture be able to be con­nected to the My Health Record plat­form.

The next step is to cre­ate a spec­i­fi­ca­tion for the data, with soft­ware ven­dors to work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the project to en­sure in­ter­op­er­abil­ity.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive, which is funded by the Aus­tralian Dig­i­tal Health Agency, is also work­ing on a dig­i­tal preg­nancy record.

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