Electronic maternity cards at maternity and child health clinics in Tampere
All the maternity health clinics and the ultrasound test unit of the City of Tampere will switch to electronic maternity cards for prenatal care over the course of the spring. New customers at maternity health clinics will receive an electronic maternity card starting this March.
The electronic maternity card is a digital version of the old paper card. The paper card will be taken out of use gradually.
Benefits of the electronic card include more effective communication between the maternity health clinic, ultrasound unit and obstetrics hospital. Tampere University Hospital will also use the maternity card for prenatal and perinatal care and follow-up. The card offers quick access to the information, for example, at the start of labour or in the case of complications. Similarly, the mother and the health clinic can view the entries by hospital staff easily on the card.
The electronic maternity card is a comprehensive digital service. The customer receives their service ID after their first contact with the maternity clinic.
The customer can fill in the preliminary information form even before the first visit to the clinic. The service also contains surveys on lifestyle and well-being which the expectant mother is asked to fill in before coming to the clinic. The surveys map out eating habits, alcohol consumption, mood and possible fear of labour, among other things.
The service includes a maternity card section that is intended for prenatal care. It stores follow-up data from visits to the health clinic, along with the results of examinations performed at the clinic. The expectant mother can view the information entered on the card by care providers. For example, there are graphs for monitoring the mother’s blood pressure or weight.
The electronic maternity card also stores information on the foetus, including the results of foetal screening tests.
The digital service offers greater involvement in one’s own care. At-home measurements can be stored on the electronic maternity card for follow-up purposes. For example, the results of glucose and blood pressure tests can be stored in the service and sent to the health clinic.
The expectant mother can also keep a private pregnancy journal that is not accessible to others. There is also a discussion forum for sharing experiences with other pregnant people and a databank in the service.
The service is accessible on a tablet or a smartphone. It is possible to print out the maternity card on paper from the service or print out a selection of documents as a summary of the pregnancy and childbirth.
The name of the online maternity card application is iPana Äitiys. Mothers have an active role in the service; they own, use and produce the information. The user is the owner of all the information they enter in the service. The service is secured with an encrypted SSL connection and provided by CSAM MediWare Oy.