Digital Maternity Record Standard
An information standard for maternity services, to ensure that maternity record information is consistently captured and as a result can be shared more easily across health care systems.
About this standard
- Professional Record Standards Body
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- Standard type
- Record standards
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.
Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.
Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.
Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.
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Topics and care settings
- Patient communication
- Tests and diagnostics
- Care setting
- Community health
- GP / Primary care
- Social care
- Urgent and Emergency Care
Dependencies and related standards
This standard needs to be reviewed and implemented alongside SNOMED where appropriate. Where this is not appropriate, national coding from the NHS Data Model and Dictionary has been used. The recording supplier system must be compliant with the SNOMED CT codes set out within the Maternity Record Standard Data Model Specification.
Providers should become compliant with the DCB3009 Healthy Child Programme when recording information which ultimately needs to be held within a baby’s record.
- Related standards
This standard relates to:
- Core Information Standard (CIS)
- DCB0160: Clinical Risk Management - its application in the deployment and use of health IT systems
- Digital Maternity API standards
Assurance and endorsements
- Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
- Quality assurance
This standard has been approved by the Data Alliance Partnership Board (DAPB) and published as an information standard notice (ISN).
This standard has also been clinically, professionally and technically assured by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).
This standard has been endorsed by the following organisations:
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- The Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Occupational Therapists
- Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- Institute of Health Visiting
Page last updated: 15 January 2023