Midlands signs up 1000 babies for NCHIP

The National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) being rolled out by Midlands Health Network has reached a major milestone with its 1000th enrolment.

Newborns in the Waikato region began being enrolled in October last year following a pilot project at Thames Hospital, with plans to roll it out nationwide following an evaluation scheduled for March.

Developed in association with the Ministry of Health, the National Health IT Board, Orion Health and BPAC, the service includes a telephone-based coordination service and the information platform.

Every child aged from birth to six years will be enrolled in the program, although consumers can opt out.

Midlands Health Network CEO John Macaskill-Smith said all Waikato midwives and birth unit administrators can now electronically enrol a newborn at the time of birth, removing unnecessary paperwork and processes.

“It is a simple, one-step process to notify the National Immunisation Register, newborn hearing, oral health, general practice, and Well Child provider/Tamariki Ora,” Mr Macaskill-Smith said.

“These providers can then see a shared online view of a child’s progress towards their 29 health milestones, which include immunisations, oral health, hearing and vision checks, and before school checks.”

Should a child miss one of their checks, the health providers can access the telephone-based Child Health Coordination Service to help locate the child.

Mr Macaskill-Smith said the service meant early childhood health services can be delivered in a more coordinated way, creating better efficiencies across the entire health system and ensuring that no child falls between the cracks.

The Waikato roll-out will be completed by March and then extended to Gisborne, Taranaki and Taupo before a national roll-out.

The roll-out coincides with the roll-out of the new national Maternity Clinical Information System, which has been first implemented by MidCentral District Health Board at Horowhenua and Palmerston North hospitals on 28 October.

South Canterbury, Whanganui, Counties Manukau and Tairawhiti DHBs have also implemented the system.

It will enable authorised health professionals to share agreed relevant information collected about a woman and her baby during the pregnancy, labour, birth and post-natal periods.

The system will be further developed this year to enable women to view their information through an online portal.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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