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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health

This standard is designed to ensure that information related to maternity care is consistently recorded and contributes to high-quality care of women and babies. The data set can be shared to support continuity of care between providers and communication with whānau and family. The structured and coded information enables meaningful benchmarking of services and other analytics.

The standard defines the minimum data set to be recorded by maternity care providers, including community and hospital midwives, general practitioners, obstetricians, other medical specialists and their support staff. The maternity care summary centres on the pregnant woman and includes administrative and clinical information about her pregnancy, labour and birth, and baby(ies). The standard covers the whole maternity journey, including the postnatal period.  

Adoption roadmap for the standard

The Ministry’s national maternity programme will lead adoption of this standard by maternity care providers and their industry partners as part of the Maternity Whole of System Action Plan 2019–23.

In 2020, an upgrade to the National Maternity Record system to meet the new requirements of the standard will be developed and rolled out to users, including MidCentral, Counties Manukau and Tairāwhiti DHBs. 

An HL7® FHIR® application programming interface (API) will be developed in the same timeframe to enable other systems to integrate with the National Maternity Record and contribute data to it.

Rollout of the standard to all maternity care providers and Well Child providers will run from July 2020 until July 2023, when full adoption will be complete.

Maintenance of the standard

The standard will be reviewed in 12 months, informed by the experience of the early adopters. 

The standard replaces HISO 10050.1:2016 Maternity Care Summary Standard (Booking Information), which is now contained to present uses and will be withdrawn once the new standard is fully adopted. All new systems and any significant enhancement to existing systems must use the new standard.

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