New System Sees Records Of Babies Born At UHK To Be Stored Digitally

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BABIES born at University Hospital Kerry will now have their records stored digitally rather than on paper after the Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS) went live in the hospital on Saturday.

This ‘go live’ marks the introduction of an electronic health record (EHR) for all women and babies receiving maternity services in UHK.

The first newborns in UHK to have their own electronic health records from birth are baby Laura Scanlon born on Saturday last at 14.48hrs weighing 8lbs to parents Nora and Tim Scanlon and baby Cadán Moloney born on Sunday at 01.31hrs weighing 8lbs 4½ oz. to parents Marion and  Donncha Moloney.

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Maternity services in UHK have become the second unit nationally to implement the Maternal and Newborn Clinical Management System, a national system which will be implemented in all 19 maternity units.

This new clinical management system will see that all patients will have an electronic record instead of a paper record, allowing clinical record information to be shared with relevant providers of care, as and when required.

Dr Michael Robson, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, MN-CMS Clinical Director and Joint National Clinical Lead for Obstetrics said: “This is an inspiring project, as it is the first national electronic patient record for maternity anywhere in the world.  In practice, this means that every maternity hospital in one country will be using the same electronic chart with standardisation of the information flow and collection.  This has very obvious advantages for the patient and the carers as well.  This system includes every aspect of clinical care, so not only is it a national maternity and neonatal project, but it also incorporates a vast multidisciplinary clinical and non-clinical workforce, all of whom are essential to providing care.”

For more information visit http://www.ehealthireland.ie/Strategic-Programmes/MNCMS/  and http://www.cuh.hse.ie/Cork-University-Maternity-Hospital/eHealth-Maternity/

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