Sue Trinder, Director of CHIS shares the latest developments from the Digital Child Health Transformation Programme.
SCW is a national leader in digital development, supporting the implementation of the Digital Child Health (DCH) programme, which was created to support the vision in Healthy Children: “Transforming Child Health Information”. The DCH programme aims to ensure key health information can be shared appropriately with all those involved in the care of a child. It sets out a new pathway for how CHIS can support both parents and professionals in providing the highest quality care for children and young people. The SCW vision for CHIS is that child health data is collected and captured once and is readily accessible to all with a legitimate reason to view it, wherever they are located.
With changes taking place across the healthcare landscape our strategy is to work collaboratively within ICSs and in partnership with our stakeholders in South Central and Cheshire & Merseyside, to ensure local digital plans include the requirements within the children’s digital strategy and NHS Long Term Plan.
SCW has implemented a CHIS IT System which has progressed from the traditional paper-based and manually intensive process to a digital solution that can electronically provide and receive data from NHS Digital NEMS (National Event Management System); maternity, primary care, health visitors and school nurses working with numerous different IT systems, suppliers and stakeholders.
And that’s not all.
We have examples of current CHIS transformation work in South Central and Cheshire & Merseyside where we have enabled, with partner organisations, the direct extraction of GP immunisations from primary care systems into the CHIS IT System. This supports the safe and efficient exchange of all relevant child health information.
There is no doubt the demand for information services to support new ways of working will continue to grow and our aim is to provide knowledge and expertise to other potential customers.