Maternal Program - Digital Pregnancy Health Record (DPHR)

The Digital Pregnancy Health Record (DPHR) team in Children’s Health Queensland, Queensland Health has been working hard to deliver the DPHR proof of concept. The exciting news is that the trial version is working, data from the pregnant woman’s antenatal check-up with the GP is flowing to the Child Data Hub and appears on the expectant mother’s app on her phone. Test data (rather than ‘live’ data) has been used at this stage, but several different clinical scenarios have been tested and are working as expected. 

GPs using their existing clinical software can access a structured form to enter data as a result of the antenatal visit via their Obstetrics tab.

The data is then submitted to the Child Data Hub (as a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) profile), which in turn populates the mother’s app.

Hear from one of our GPs using the antenatal clinical software:

 "As a GP with a passion for antenatal care and for improving outcomes for women and their unborn children, I understand the importance of timely, clear, comprehensive communication between care providers."

"The DPHR project extracts the essential information from within a GP’s clinical software and transfers it to a central hub, where it can be viewed remotely by the woman using a custom-designed, user-friendly app. The app allows the woman to share her health information with other members of the team and the long-term goal is to have a consolidated antenatal record, with information from both the community and hospital sectors, viewable by the woman and by appropriately credentialed healthcare providers."

"It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to create something that works simply and that simply works, and that is exactly what the DPHR team has done."

"I look forward to the next stage of the project and seeing the benefits it will bring for the nation."

- Dr Wendy Burton, Morningside General Practice Clinic, Brisbane

DPHR Testing in Mater Hospital Brisbane

Test data from the pregnant woman’s antenatal appointment is also being displayed within the Mater Hospital Brisbane’s provider viewer system. It is exciting to see the flow of data between the GP and the hospital system; proving that critical antenatal patient information can reach all clinicians, and the patient via the app, to ensure the best health outcomes for mothers and babies.

Implementation Planning Study

The Implementation Planning Study, developed by the DPHR team focusing on Queensland Health and Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, delivered its final recommendations.  Using survey methodology developed by the University of Queensland, the study found that technology such as telehealth check-ups, remote monitoring and other technology interventions could significantly improve the health outcomes of pregnant women in rural communities. While the focus was on antenatal health information, the study showed there is a range of other health benefits for these women, some of whom would rarely interact with the health system due to living in remote areas.  Telehealth could have a powerful and positive impact for these patients and their families.  

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