England: New digital technology will free up HVs’ time

04 October 2019

A £14.3m digital transformation programme is set to save valuable time for health-visiting teams in Greater Manchester.

The city’s NHS and councils are developing new technologies for accurate, secure information-sharing between professionals.

The programme will use paper-based assessments to review a child’s development up to the age of five digitised so parents can complete and review online. HV teams’ saved time should equate to an estimated £10m a year in productivity once rolled out across the city region.

Councillor Elise Wilson, portfolio lead for Digital City Region, said: ‘We find that parents and guardians don’t have sufficient access to information about their child’s development, and professionals struggle with how fragmented the information is. This new digital transformation programme is key to unlocking this.’

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