The go-live of a child health information system in a Northern trust has been delayed by four months.
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has deferred the go-live of Civica’s Paris Child Health system from 26 June to 30 October, according to its June board papers.
A trust’s spokeswoman said the go-live data date had been pushed back “to allow in-depth analysis and testing” of Paris.
“This will ensure the new system is robust and of the highest quality.”
The board papers added that the go-live was delayed “as a result of the further dialogue with NHS England and NHS Digital regarding the complexity of data quality issues”.
The move to Paris from the current Community Child Health 2000 (CCH2000) system threw up 350,000 data errors, Digital Health News reported in May this year.
The “significant errors” in the data quality have affected all four instances of CCH2000, said the papers, and are being examined by a trust quality review group which includes a NHS England representative. The spokeswoman said extra resources had also been secured to help.
CCH2000 was developed originally by NHS Wales Informatics Service, and was used to record information about child immunisations in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Trafford.
The spokeswoman said the “majority of errors relate to a simple formatting issue with demographic information”.
“Investigations remain underway to determine the impact of the data errors”, she said. “However, there is no evidence that the errors have resulted in any harm to patients.”
Errors include an inability to enter a middle name on CCH2000 which led to the middle name being entered alongside the first name. This then was highlighted as a mistake when contrasted with a national central database which had the capacity to enter a separate name.
Other issues include address changes which required updates to the record.
“If any errors relating to the scheduling of vaccinations are found, parents will be informed at the earliest opportunity”, the trust spokeswoman said.
“Parents are advised to continue attending scheduled vaccination appointments.”
The trust said that a recent check “highlighted that the majority of records have now been updated”.
A supplier spokeswoman said that Civica “is working with the trust to support its continued programme and ensure system integrity”.
The papers said that Civica has developed algorithms to help the data migration and data integration.
Digital Health Intelligence says Paris is also used as the trust’s electronic patient record, patient administration system, discharge letters and clinical noting.
Pennine Care provides mental health and community care services, and employs 5,500 staff who provide care to 1.3 million people.