Spotlight: digital red books

05 June 2017

A consultation has been launched to help determine the requirements of a new digital community child health record.


Parents, carers, and health and care professionals are being asked their views on the information content of the personal electronic child health record, known as the eRedbook.

The record, being developed by NHS Digital and the Professional Record Standards Body as part of the NHS England Children’s Health Digital Strategy, will see birth details, immunisation records and developmental reviews shared electronically with healthcare professionals and parents.

A consultation led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of General Practitioners, and supported by the Royal College of Physicians Health Informatics Unit, is now underway.

The first of three surveys made available online focuses on birth details and newborn review. It will be followed by surveys about primary care, health visiting and school nursing information sharing – primarily immunisations, and finally developmental reviews and parental contributions on development. 

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