A new digital patient record system called ‘Badgernet’ has been introduced in our maternity department, which means paper maternity notes are now a thing of the past.
The system, was fully introduced in late November. Babies Edward and Hudson, born at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne Midwifery Unit respectively, became the Trust’s first “Badgernet babies” as their births were the first to be recorded on the system, followed shortly after by babies Phelix, Rudy and Rupert.
BadgerNet provides a full electronic patient record for pregnancy, birth and the post-natal period. Pregnant people can access information about their pregnancy through the BadgerNotes app, whilst clinicians can input information in real-time during appointments. This completely removes the need for them to carry paper copies of their notes.
Emma Chambers, Associate Director of Midwifery at ESHT, said: “Until now, pregnant people have had to carry hand-held paper notes about their pregnancy and remember to bring them to every appointment. It hasn’t been unusual for these notes, which contain personal information about pregnancy, to get lost or be mislaid. Introducing the BadgerNet system removes these issues as they will now be able to access the information via an app which is easy to use and will give them all the information they need, including appointment dates and test results, on their smartphone or other device. This also will give greater security and privacy as only those with the correct login details will be able to access the information.
“In addition, midwives and doctors will now be able to add information to the digital notes during appointments, rather than spending time afterwards writing up paper notes. This will give them more time to spend with the families we care for, which we hope will further improve the already fantastic service that we currently provide. Many other maternity services locally and nationally are moving to the BadgerNet system and are giving excellent feedback on it.
“Introducing a completely new digital system is challenging at the best of times, but to do it during the pandemic is a great achievement. I want to say a big thank you to everyone in the project team who has worked so hard to introduce BadgerNet and also to all my colleagues in the department for the enthusiasm and support they have shown.”
The BadgerNet system is provided by Clevermed. More information about BadgerNet is available on our website – Badgernet information