A new integrated child health system has gone live at a healthcare organisation in Wales.

The Children and Young Persons Integrated System (CYPrIS) has been introduced in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, with rollout to other organisations planned through this year and next.

Developed by NHS Wales Informatics Service, the system ensures that every child in Wales has an active care record. This means clinicians will now have access to more information about a child’s health, and will be able to make more informed decisions about care options.

CYPrIS supports a number of national health schemes, such as the National Childhood Immunisation and Healthy Child Wales programmes.

Its use also supports the overall management of child health by providing data and statutory reporting requirements to NHS Wales and Public Health Wales.

Gill Davison, NHS Wales Informatics Service’s community application manager, said: “The launch of this new system means that, for the first time, there is a single, national repository for all child health data.

“With this improved access to information, healthcare professionals could start to see an increase in the uptake of immunisation and screening services where gaps in health records are identified.”

CYPrIS will continue to roll out across health boards in Wales during 2018 and 2019. The application will be developed further to include a number of key integrations such as the GP interface and the Welsh Care Community Information System (WCCIS).

Over in England, a number of regions have started the process of introducing a shared child health information system.

For example in July, Digital Health News reported on how System C has been awarded a contract to deliver such a system in the South West of England.

The supplier’s CarePlus software will be used to integrate 708,000 child health records across South Gloucester, Bristol, Somerset and North Somerset, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall.