Around 180 families in Northland are the first in the country to experience the digital future of Plunket’s ‘Well Child Tamariki Ora’ health checks. Thirty-one Plunket frontline health professionals are using tablets equipped with a newly developed Plunket app for the first time, in the homes of New Zealand families from Dargaville to Kaitaia. This is the pilot of the new electronic Plunket Health Record – or ePHR – which is being developed in partnership with Microsoft, Marker Metro and Koorb, to help Plunket improve children’s health outcomes by giving families a more effective service.
PlunketPlus – the new electronic client information system that will enhance the way Plunket nurses work – is now being tested externally with our clients. A group of 10 nurses and health workers are testing PlunketPlus in two Auckland suburbs – Sylvia Park and Otahuhu – and have a current workload of approximately 4,000 clients. Every child seen will have their information recorded electronically via the use of a mobile tablet device.
It’s an interesting time for the paid parental leave lobby group, 26 for Babies coalition. On 19 September the draft law aiming for 26 weeks’ paid parental leave will be back in the hands of our politicians. Plunket recommends 26 weeks’ paid parental leave to give New Zealand children the best start in life.
Plunket is in the first stage of the development of PlunketPlus – the new electronic information system – which will eventually see Plunket nurses being able to access the records of every Plunket child in the country, via the use of tablets. When developing PlunketPlus, Plunket wanted to do more than simply move from a paper based system to an electronic one. Plunket’s General Manager of Service Delivery Brenda Hynes says “Plunket will connect us in new ways with our clients and other service providers across New Zealand, and will transform the way we access information at the point of care with the children and families we work with”.
PlunketPlus is an exciting initiative from Plunket, which will change the way we record, store and access information, integrate services and have the ability to connect in real time, at the point of care. “It has made me proud of our achievements to date, excited by our innovative initiative and also aware that this will touch all our people, every aspect of our business, and ultimately our clients. This is one of the largest projects that we’ve ever undertaken” Plunket CEO, Jenny Prince said.