NHS England has announced a digital version of the Redbook will be rolled out across London, answering calls from parents who often lose information when Redbooks are misplaced.
From April, parents of the 136,000 babies born across London each year will be able to record and manage information about their child’s health and development online.
A digital version of the Redbook, known as the eRedbook, will be rolled out across London, is intended to ensure that it is quicker and easier for new parents to view and manage health records.
The traditional Redbook is the personal health record given to all new parents to manage their child’s health between 0-5 years.
And the eRedbook will build on this document, enabling new parents and health professionals to remotely access and enter information from anywhere with an internet connection – through a desktop, tablet or smartphone.
This digital initiative is being delivered collaboratively by NHS England, Sitekit and NHS Digital across London and has been previously piloted in Newham, Greenwich, Kingston, Inner North West London and Barnet with the aim of replacing the paper version.
The system offers parents access to their child’s information, using secure technology.
The eRedbook, includes information on immunisations, weight/height charts, developmental firsts and important contacts.
It also contains practical, personalised information for new parents, including links to relevant videos and information from local sources.
Other features include:
– Important questions for health visit – parents are encouraged to record any questions they may have for the health visitor or other professional, ensuring that the health visit is as efficient as possible and that parents receive the information they require to care for their child.
– Automatic plotting on weight and growth charts – both parents and health professionals can use the digital charts to plot new data on the weight and growth of a child. The digital charts are less error-prone than paper charts, as data is plotted automatically, including the pre-term correction, which is also automated.
– Appointment updates and reminders – this reduces the number of missed appointments, saving cost for the NHS and improving immunisation uptake. It also has the potential to replace the paper appointment letters that the NHS sends out, as this information can be distributed digitally.
Commenting on the eRedbook, Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chair of NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme Board, suggested that the system is a vital part of the NHS’ digital transformation.
“In an increasingly digital world, parents rightly expect the NHS to offer the technology they use in their day to day lives, and the eRedbook is an excellent example of how we are working with other NHS organisations in London to make this expectation a reality. Parents will feel more confident and have a greater understanding of their baby’s healthcare needs, including their vaccinations and major milestones, and will always have vital information about their child’s health available at the touch of a button.”