Child Digital Health Checks

Child health checks; digital health for life!

Currently, between the ages of 5 and 14 years, records of a child’s health information often stay within the health care provider’s software, are not shared electronically, and are not readily accessible to carers or healthcare providers. This can limit the opportunities for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child or young person's wider care team.

Purpose

The Child Digital Health Check (CDHC) initiative is exploring how to securely capture data from the various health checks that occur for Australian children and young people, up to the age of 14 years. The CDHC initiative will aim to expand and enhance the existing functionality of the Child Digital Health Record to include assessments conducted for school aged children.

The CDHC is unique because it will have a particular focus on capturing targeted health checks, for example the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments and Out of Home Care Clinical assessments. The CDHC will use co-design principles to scope the development of a digital solution that can meet the changing healthcare needs of children as they develop into teenagers, and ultimately enhance their wellbeing into adulthood.

The CDHC was launched in October 2018 with the release of a discussion paper: Defining the scope of the Child Digital Health Checks.. The paper is designed to start important conversations with stakeholders about the expectations, benefits and concerns for the target age group of children and their specific needs.

Supporting health and care

Making the child health check data available through an accessible, digital child record can create valuable opportunities to improve the health of Australia’s children. This information could potentially assist with the early detection and diagnosis of disease, and inform the development of interventions that prevent and treat common health conditions.

For healthcare providers, the CDHC will enable them to provide improved integrated care for children, and help identify the health services a child or young person may require.

Current partners

The Northern Territory will lead the CDHC initiative, with the partner jurisdiction Western Australia leading its evaluation. The NT/WA CDHC Initiative Committee are tasked to oversee the proof of concept process, which is scheduled for delivery within the 2019/20 financial year.

Key education and child protection organisations are being included in stakeholder consultations. The initial discovery phase is currently clarifying which health checks are universally conducted across Australia for this age group.

Child health checks; digital health for life!

Currently, between the ages of 5 and 14 years, records of a child’s health information often stay within the health care provider’s software, are not shared electronically, and are not readily accessible to carers or healthcare providers. This can limit the opportunities for early detection, diagnosis, and intervention for common and treatable conditions by a child or young person's wider care team.

Purpose

The Child Digital Health Check (CDHC) initiative is exploring how to securely capture data from the various health checks that occur for Australian children and young people, up to the age of 14 years. The CDHC initiative will aim to expand and enhance the existing functionality of the Child Digital Health Record to include assessments conducted for school aged children.

The CDHC is unique because it will have a particular focus on capturing targeted health checks, for example the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health assessments and Out of Home Care Clinical assessments. The CDHC will use co-design principles to scope the development of a digital solution that can meet the changing healthcare needs of children as they develop into teenagers, and ultimately enhance their wellbeing into adulthood.

The CDHC was launched in October 2018 with the release of a discussion paper: Defining the scope of the Child Digital Health Checks.. The paper is designed to start important conversations with stakeholders about the expectations, benefits and concerns for the target age group of children and their specific needs.

Supporting health and care

Making the child health check data available through an accessible, digital child record can create valuable opportunities to improve the health of Australia’s children. This information could potentially assist with the early detection and diagnosis of disease, and inform the development of interventions that prevent and treat common health conditions.

For healthcare providers, the CDHC will enable them to provide improved integrated care for children, and help identify the health services a child or young person may require.

Current partners

The Northern Territory will lead the CDHC initiative, with the partner jurisdiction Western Australia leading its evaluation. The NT/WA CDHC Initiative Committee are tasked to oversee the proof of concept process, which is scheduled for delivery within the 2019/20 financial year.

Key education and child protection organisations are being included in stakeholder consultations. The initial discovery phase is currently clarifying which health checks are universally conducted across Australia for this age group.