A new App called Mi-App will soon be available, offering women better control over their maternity records and improved communication with health care professionals.
Mi-App was presented at the Royal College of Midwives annual conference www.rcmconference.org.uk.
Mi-App offers a complete electronic record of pregnancy that integrates with existing NHS information systems and enables women to access their NHS-held maternity records, test results, scans, medical notes and a diary for appointments, as well as being able to share these with health and social care providers.
It contains content and videos on a range of topics, from pregnancy to the postnatal period, including maternity options and what to expect in labour. A key feature which aims to address inequalities in healthcare is translations between English and 18 other languages.
Designed for Apple and Android devices, Mi-App is the result of a collaboration between the Perinatal Institute www.perinatal.org.uk, whose hand held maternity records have become the national standard and are in use by 60% of pregnant women in England, and Patient Knows Best www.patientsknowbest.com, who has developed patient owned electronic records in a number of other specialities. There will also be a printable version that can be used by women without smart devices, to ensure wider access.
The App will add considerable value to consultations, according to Angela Mushing of the Perinatal Institute: “Clinicians often only have 10 minutes with mums and it’s often not enough to get all the information across. If the clinician hasn’t got time that information is in there. Or else if she does talk to the mum about something the mum can go back later and re-read anything that she wants to,” she said.
Sensitivity of certain types of information and results will be held in a secure area of the NHS network until a time when disclosure is considered appropriate.
The woman will have full access to her information and can decide which clinical staff can access records. Women can amend the records, but healthcare professionals can also override alterations if there is a discrepancy over a mother’s recall or interpretation.
Mi-App will be launched on selected sites in early 2016, followed by independent evaluation before and official launch in the summer of 2016.
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