CLCH rolling out eRedbook

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Published: 14th March 2016

The traditional redbook that is the personal record of all information for children from 0-5 years of age has now gone digital - the eRedbook. The eRedbook is free to use and works well on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, as well as on laptops and desktop computers - all you need is an internet connection. Store scans, health records, pictures, health appointments and questions for the health visitor/GP all in one place.

Janet Lewis, CLCH's divisional director of operations for children's health and development said, "The eRedbook will allow parents to map their child's journey from pregnancy through to childhood in a manner that is safe, smart and accessible. We're always looking for ways to improve patient experience at CLCH.  eRedbook is a great example of using technology to improve a traditional NHS service and is part of CLCH's wider 'health matters' strategy to go digital and be more accessible to parents and young people.  We're really proud to be amongst the first to launch the eRedbook and we will be developing it further to offer patients more."

The eRedbook has been built using the Microsoft HealthVault platform, which is a secure online service designed to put parents in control of who they share health information with. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In an early survey, 59.4% *of parents responded saying that they would prefer the eRedbook to the paper based one.  The eRedbook can be viewed on the go - no more fears of losing or forgetting it when you need it most.  Parents will find it easier to be involved in choices about their child's health through timely information, such as an updated immunisation record uploaded directly from the GPs database and links to other useful sites such as NHS Choices.

The eRedbook has received clinical assurance and endorsement by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). It is the first time in the UK that a personal health record receives endorsement from a Royal College.  The RCPCH said that "after two years of collaborative working with NHS colleagues and private sector partners, they are pleased to announce their endorsement of the eRedbook: a digital initiative which sees the content and ethos of the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) transferred to a more secure and easily accessible online format for parents and health professionals to use in the management of a child's healthcare." 

Parents in Barnet, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster can register for eRedbook at

*(Source: Innovate UK, dallas, Year Zero survey - April 2015).   

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