Going electronic…update on our BadgerNet system

Work is progressing well to put in place a single electronic maternity record across Birmingham and Solihull known as BadgerNet, with the aim of having a fully electronic record across the maternity pathway by the end of the year.

At Birmingham Women’s Hospital BadgerNet and the maternity notes women’s portal went live for all women being booked in from July. Over 1000 women are now registered on the system, with over 500 now having accessed their own records through the maternity notes portal.

Both staff and women have commented on the positive benefits of the system.

“All the women I have booked have been very excited about electronic notes and keen to have access to the portal.”

One lady said “about time we didn’t have to carry green notes, everything else is online.”

The implementation plan at Birmingham Women’s runs in line with the maternity timeline, so the next major phase of go-live in November will be for intrapartum and post-natal care – at which time the full pathway will be on BadgerNet.

At University Hospitals Birmingham plans are well developed to improve the system, including switching over to a newer, easier to use version over the next few months. Over the next three months, there are also plans to roll out new laptops to community midwives along with wifi access at GP surgeries.

Further plans are being developed to make greater use of these systems across the pathway with more news coming soon!

Currently, the technology allows staff working at Birmingham Women’s Hospital or University Hospitals Birmingham to view records at either organisation. However by October, we hope to switch to the single maternity system allowing staff, wherever they are based, to write to a single record. This is subject to the appropriate legal agreements which are being worked on. This will have huge benefits for our midwives – allowing a clear summary of pregnancy care regardless of where women have been seen.

As with any new system, there can be teething problems, and the ICT and Maternity teams are working together to resolve these. Please email our Project Manager Paul McGinn if you have any issues or feedback relating to the project. For BadgerNet problems at our Women’s Hospital, please contact the ICT helpdesk on ext. 8333.