New NCHIP Technology Platform Helps Vulnerable Children
The National Child Health Information Platform (NCHIP) is an innovative technology platform that has been developed to locate vulnerable children and ensure they receive timely health checks, such as immunisations, oral health assessments and hearing and vision tests.
The NCHIP platform has been developed by Pinnacle Midlands Health Network in collaboration with Orion Health. The Ministry of Health has also backed up this innovative project. The platform is currently being used in the electronic tracking and monitoring of children in the Waikato, Taranaki and Tairāwhiti DHB regions. The Auckland region is also working hard to ensure that they have a project delivery plan in place before the end of 2018.
The platform has been effective thus far, as Waikato and Taranaki DHBs have achieved 100 per cent newborn metabolic screening program rates, due to NCHIP tracking milestones. Consequently, the platform is able to identify children who are missing the programs. The Pinnacle Midlands Health Network has combined the platform with a well laid out coordination service. If a provider is unable to find or contact a child who is due for health checks, the Child and Youth Health Coordination Service can be contacted. This team has the capabilities of launching wider searches for the child, with the help of government bodies such as the Ministry of Social Development. Thirty-five children who were lost to providers were found by the Child and Youth Health Coordination Service between 1st January and 31st March 2018.
The general manager at Pinnacle stated that paper-based records, when combined with IT information silos, resulted in gaps in data when coordinating between providers. With NCHIP, children are now electronically registered at birth. Nominated healthcare providers are given access to these records, allowing them to coordinate more effectively.