Charlene Nguyen is the first baby born following the go-live of PowerChart Maternity.

NSW-first as newborn baby gets electronic medical record from birth

October 2019

Charlene Nguyen is the first baby born following the go-live of PowerChart Maternity.

Charlene Nguyen is the first baby born following the go-live of PowerChart Maternity.

Sydney Local Health District is celebrating the arrival of the first baby born in NSW to have a fully integrated electronic medical record (eMR).

Charlene Nguyen was born at Canterbury Hospital on Tuesday 1 October following the roll-out of a new system called PowerChart Maternity.

The program enables clinicians to document a woman’s pregnancy in Sydney Local Health District’s electronic medical record (eMR). It also generates a digital health record for babies born at Royal Prince Alfred and Canterbury Hospitals.

It will improve care of women and babies because doctors, midwives, nurses and allied health professionals will all have secure access to the same real-time information from different locations within hospital and community settings integrated with the District’s eMR.

Sydney is the first Local Health District in NSW to introduce PowerChart Maternity in all maternity wards and antenatal clinics. The move is part of the wider digital transformation of the District’s health services. 

Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson AM said the new system will equip clinicians with the information they need to provide the very best care to patients.

“I’m proud to say we are the first Local Health District in NSW to introduce PowerChart Maternity into our electronic medical record,” Dr Anderson said.

“The system will improve our care of women by streamlining communications between doctors, midwives and health professionals as they will all see the same information.”

Aaron Jones, Chief Nursing Information Officer at Sydney Local Health District, said the system enables staff to observe and monitor a woman’s progress from anywhere in the hospital or even outside the hospital.

“The obstetrician can log into the secure system and view observations in real-time,” he said. “Midwives who visit mums and new babies at home don’t have to come into the hospital first to collect piles of paper files.

“They can view the records on their mobile devices. Not having to transport the files will give them more time to see women in their homes.”

To see a video of newborn Charlene and to learn more about PowerChart Maternity click here: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/sydneyconnect/videos.html

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