A baby girl made a historic arrival into the world in the early hours of Thursday as the first baby to be born in Northern Ireland without any paper records.
Little Nylah was born at the Ulster Hospital on Thursday morning and became Northern Ireland’s first baby with a full digital health record.
It follows a move by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust to move from paper-based files to an electronic system.
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As Nylah made her way into the world, the South Eastern Trust waved goodbye to patient paper records and became the first health trust in Northern Ireland to implement encompass, the major new regional digital patient healthcare record system.
This digital milestone is the culmination of over seven years of work which officials say will make the health service safer, more efficient and effective. It will be rolled out to other Trusts on a phased basis over the next 18 to 24 months.
Nylah arrived at 01:25am on 9th November, marking this momentous moment for digital transformation in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.
Her proud mum Chantelle Jolley said: “The new digital record will be so helpful. I am thrilled that Nylah was the first baby in Northern Ireland to have a digital health record.”
Lead midwife Sarah McKevitt added: “We are delighted to celebrate the birth of the first baby with the first digital health record in Northern Ireland through the implementation of encompass. It will transform the way we manage patient information, making healthcare more accessible and efficient.
“The implementation of encompass within the Trust reflects our dedication to providing the best possible care for women accessing maternity services in the South Eastern Trust.”
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care has partnered with the global leader Epic to build the encompass system which is unique to Northern Ireland. Epic currently provides electronic records for over 300 million people within the UK and across the world.
Implementing encompass means patient records will be digitised and accessed at the touch of a button, eliminating the need for paper records.
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