Ireland has its first ‘digital baby’, named Emily

Over the next three years, Ireland will roll out a digital record system containing electronic health records of newborn babies. Baby Emily, born on Saturday the 3d as the daughter of Ellen Shine and Aidan Cotter and weighing 7lb 5oz, is one of the first of a group of newborns and their mothers to be given an electronic health record at birth.

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The health records can be accessed by doctors when required. Minister for Health Simon Harris says the initiative marks a very significant advance in the “national journey” towards a digital health system, and is also a sign of the Government’s commitment to improving maternity services.

First in the world

The HSE’s maternal and newborn clinical managements system went live in the Cork hospital on Saturday and will be rolled out across the country over the next three years. Next it will be implemented in University Hospital Kerry, and the Rotunda Hospital and National Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

The HSE says the new system marks the introduction of the first national electronic patient chart for maternity anywhere in the world.

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