England: new service gives health visitors access to digital ‘red book'

05 June 2019

Healthcare professionals can now access vital child health information digitally, following the launch of a ground-breaking service.

The National Events Management Service gives health visitors and parents access to the same information sources at the same time, including key interventions received by a child, and changes of address and GP details. Data are also forwarded to a digital ‘red book’, an alternative to the current paper version.

The service, a result of NHS Digital and NHS England working with IT suppliers, has initially launched in north-east London.

Martin Dennys, NHS Digital programme manager for digital child health, says the service ‘is an important milestone in the journey to deliver more personalised, responsive and integrated services to families and children’.

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