PCEHR release three features child development section
The latest release of the PCEHR, which went live last Sunday, includes a new section for parents to add details of their children's health, growth and development, mainly aimed at parents of newborns and younger children.
Based in part on the electronic Blue Book developed by NSW Health from its HealtheNet project, the Child Development section allows parents to enter measurements for head circumference, height and weight that can then generate a growth chart.
The section allows parents to keep their own achievement diary and add personal observations, and it also includes a list of the National Immunisation Childhood Schedule for reference.
However, most of the functionality is only suitable for NSW parents at the moment, as each jurisdiction has different schedules. The section includes a child health check schedule with questionnaires to fill out prior to the child's appointment with a healthcare provider, but this is limited to the NSW Health Check Assessment Schedule at present.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) said it was not a new record, but rather new functionality that forms a part of a person’s existing eHealth record.
“The Child Development function has been provided as a tool for parents (and authorised representatives) to view and add information to their children’s eHealth record,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) said.
“This will help parents keep even better track of their children’s early health, growth and development information. This is in addition to the information, both personal and clinical, that a child’s eHealth record can record.”
DoHA said that like the NSW electronic Blue Book project, the plan is for healthcare professionals to also add clinical information directly to the record.
“While currently only parents can enter information to their child’s eHealth record via the Child Development function, it is anticipated that in future releases healthcare professionals will also be able to add clinical information, including a birth record and child health check assessment results.
“The Child Development function of the eHealth record system was based in part on the New South Wales Blue Book and they’ve been a key partner in this release.
“We will continue to work with NSW and other jurisdictions, as well as healthcare professions, to develop further functionality in the eHealth record system.”
According to a briefing note from NSW Health, the eBlue Book began to be offered to parents and carers of eligible children born in certain hospitals in the Greater Western Sydney region from September 2012.
The project allows midwives, paediatricians, GPs, practice nurses and early childhood nurses participating in the project to add certain data to the child's Blue Book. The plan is to evaluate how the project is working and make enhancements to it before offering it to other hospitals in the region, and then eventually a statewide roll out.
NSW Health has also developed an app that allows parents to receive reminders for immunisations and health checks for their babies as well as the growth charts. The app is currently only available to parents who have enrolled in the eBlue Book project.
It also recently released a Save the Date to Vaccinate app to help parents remember their child's vaccination schedule and book a GP appointment straight from the app.
The DoHA spokeswoman said that to date, more than 147,000 people have registered for a PCEHR, with 2849 health provider organisations also registered.
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