Digital Pregnancy Health Record

Making it easier for pregnant women to share their information with healthcare providers

Currently, a woman’s pregnancy records are captured across multiple paper and electronic systems. However, paper records may be forgotten or misplaced, and information is often required to be double-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. This can make it challenging for a woman and her healthcare providers to access relevant and complete health information about her pregnancy.


Purpose

The Digital Pregnancy Health Record (DPHR) marks a new way to support a woman’s pregnancy by digitally capturing her health information. By bringing together information currently held across multiple paper and electronic systems into a secure digital record, the DPHR will provide women with an easily accessible way to share their pregnancy health information with their healthcare providers – anytime, anywhere. This will support the provision of integrated care, and will ultimately help improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women in Australia.

An innovative tool to support a woman through her pregnancy

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

Enhancing clinical care

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

Testing the DPHR

The DPHR will be tested at two maternity hospitals in Queensland, in a process known as the ‘proof-of-concept’). The proof-of-concept trial will test the feasibility and functionality of the DPHR in a real world setting. The results of the trial will be independently evaluated to inform future progress of the DPHR and determine its potential for a future 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.



Making it easier for pregnant women to share their information with healthcare providers

Currently, a woman’s pregnancy records are captured across multiple paper and electronic systems. However, paper records may be forgotten or misplaced, and information is often required to be double-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. This can make it challenging for a woman and her healthcare providers to access relevant and complete health information about her pregnancy.


Purpose

The Digital Pregnancy Health Record (DPHR) marks a new way to support a woman’s pregnancy by digitally capturing her health information. By bringing together information currently held across multiple paper and electronic systems into a secure digital record, the DPHR will provide women with an easily accessible way to share their pregnancy health information with their healthcare providers – anytime, anywhere. This will support the provision of integrated care, and will ultimately help improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women in Australia.

An innovative tool to support a woman through her pregnancy

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

Enhancing clinical care

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

Testing the DPHR

The DPHR will be tested at two maternity hospitals in Queensland, in a process known as the ‘proof-of-concept’). The proof-of-concept trial will test the feasibility and functionality of the DPHR in a real world setting. The results of the trial will be independently evaluated to inform future progress of the DPHR and determine its potential for a future 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.