New maternity technology to steer mums through pregnancy

24th Mar 2014

A Midlands hospital trust is bringing its Maternity Services well into the 21st century with the introduction of new systems and technologies to support mums throughout their pregnancy.

On 1 April, the current maternity system at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust will be replaced with BadgerNet, an innovative maternity application which supports women from their first contact in antenatal care through to delivery and postnatal care.

The system will replace the existing paper hand-held records acting as an electronic patient record.

The BadgerNet system will support the clinical and operational requirements of Maternity Services and remove the risk associated with the use of current paper-based systems.

Community midwives will each have their own iPad on which to capture clinical data and document patient records, in real time, closer to home. Hospital staff will have access to laptops or desktops on which to record clinical data.

Sally Bryan, Assistant Operational Manager in Maternity Services, said: “The maternity record within the BadgerNet Service will cover all activity and data collection during the entire pregnancy journey, from booking through to delivery and postnatal discharge.

“This is a really exciting time for Maternity Services.”

Elaine Newell, Director of Midwifery, explained how the new system had the potential to improve the quality of care given to mums and help staff do their jobs more efficiently.

She said: “It means that when an expectant mum arrives in maternity all the details of her pregnancy can be seen at the touch of a button.

“It will also give us greater opportunity to audit and monitor the service we provide as data will be more easily captured and analysed.”

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