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Well past the due date

24 January, 2013 (10:00) | Data management, Data quality, Interoperability, Maternents, maternity care, Midwifery, Nightmares!, Paper Records, Patient-Centered Care, perinatal data, workload | By: Helga Perry

This is the title of a report by Daloni Carlisle in E-Health Insider, examining the problems with hospital maternity systems. Our very own Rupert Fawdry is one of the clinicians interviewed in this report, which highlights the amount of data re-entry overload, inefficiencies, lack of interoperability etc.

There is also a school of thought that says the IT systems that have been developed around collecting the existing maternity dataset will never really deliver what maternity services and women need, because the wrong data is being collected and the classification of that data is poor.

Dr Rupert Fawdry, a retired obstetrician who worked for Torex and iSoft (which are now part of CSC) calls for a complete rethink.

In a paper in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, published in 2011, he argues that electronic maternity records are too rigid to ever replace the paper record, and too variable to be standardised and compatible across care settings.

“We need to go back to the paperwork and work out what we really need to collect and the terms we use,” he says.

Read the full report here

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