A new report shows for the first time how digitally ‘savvy’ maternity services in England are – and aims to drive up the better use of technology | NHS Digital
The majority of maternity providers are making a good start at using digital technology, according to the Maternity Digital Maturity Assessment report, produced by NHS Digital.
Greater use of digital technology will help maternity staff and services to provide better care for patients and more effectively use resources.
All 135 maternity providers completed an assessment of their progress in adopting digital technology, such as providing electronic health records, sharing information digitally and giving patients access to online resources. The assessment also looked at how much investment was being made in software, equipment and infrastructure.
Providers were assessed according to their level of digital maturity with the results helping organisations identify their strengths and gaps in the use of digital services and highlighting common challenges faced by maternity providers and potential solutions which could help them improve their digital maturity.
Recommendations include encouraging greater collaboration, so that the more digitally mature maternity providers share their expertise with the handful who had low maturity levels. The report also reinforces important messages around the need to identify and support digital leaders at all levels throughout maternity services.
Full detail: Insight into digital uptake in maternity services aims to bring benefits of technology to mums | NHS Digital
Full report: Maternity Digital Maturity Assessment report | NHS England