Digital Pregnancy Health Record

The Digital Pregnancy Health Record (dPHR) initiative is developing a secure digital record that will aim to capture and share relevant health information between a pregnant woman and her healthcare providers. It will be tested at two Queensland maternity hospitals.

The current position

Currently, a woman’s pregnancy records are captured on multiple paper and/or electronic systems. However, paper records may be forgotten or misplaced, and information is often required to be doubled-entered into both paper records and digital systems.

Additionally, each state and territory in Australia has their own version of a paper-based or electronic pregnancy health record, and private providers may also have their own versions.

Nationally-harmonised data

All jurisdictions’ paper-based and electronic pregnancy health records will be analysed to develop a common data set . The nationally-harmonised data set will be validated by an expert committee and will form the basis of the health information captured within the dPHR. It will:

  • be shared between a pregnant woman and her healthcare providers
  • capture and share information currently held in isolated electronic systems in an easy-to-use digital format
  • help to reduce the risks associated with misplaced or double-entered data
  • support a pregnant woman to more easily move between healthcare organisations

Supporting clinical care

For clinicians, having more relevant information on the woman’s pregnancy available at the point of care will help to enhance the overall safety and quality of care they can provide.

Test sites

The dPHR will be tested at two maternity hospitals in Queensland (a process known as the ‘proof-of-concept’).

The proof-of-concept will be independently evaluated to inform future progress of the dPHR and determine its potential for a broader national rollout .

Project partners

Children’s Health Queensland is partnering with Mater Health Services, the Queensland Department of Health and its Clinical Excellence Division, and eHealth Queensland.

The Digital Pregnancy Health Record (dPHR) initiative is developing a secure digital record that will aim to capture and share relevant health information between a pregnant woman and her healthcare providers. It will be tested at two Queensland maternity hospitals.

The current position

Currently, a woman’s pregnancy records are captured on multiple paper and/or electronic systems. However, paper records may be forgotten or misplaced, and information is often required to be doubled-entered into both paper records and digital systems.

Additionally, each state and territory in Australia has their own version of a paper-based or electronic pregnancy health record, and private providers may also have their own versions.

Nationally-harmonised data

All jurisdictions’ paper-based and electronic pregnancy health records will be analysed to develop a common data set . The nationally-harmonised data set will be validated by an expert committee and will form the basis of the health information captured within the dPHR. It will:

  • be shared between a pregnant woman and her healthcare providers
  • capture and share information currently held in isolated electronic systems in an easy-to-use digital format
  • help to reduce the risks associated with misplaced or double-entered data
  • support a pregnant woman to more easily move between healthcare organisations

Supporting clinical care

For clinicians, having more relevant information on the woman’s pregnancy available at the point of care will help to enhance the overall safety and quality of care they can provide.

Test sites

The dPHR will be tested at two maternity hospitals in Queensland (a process known as the ‘proof-of-concept’).

The proof-of-concept will be independently evaluated to inform future progress of the dPHR and determine its potential for a broader national rollout .

Project partners

Children’s Health Queensland is partnering with Mater Health Services, the Queensland Department of Health and its Clinical Excellence Division, and eHealth Queensland.