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App brings local child health data to hand


Public health professionals will now be able to access child health profiles from the local authority on their smartphone or tablet. 

Giving a snapshot of child and health wellbeing for each local authority in England, a new app will allow clinicians to compare the information with local, regional and national data. 

Public Health England (PHE) claims the app will help people working in health and social care to improve the health and wellbeing of children by giving clear, simple information about the local area. 

Childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy, educational performance and youth crime data are all included in the app. 

"The new app shows how user-friendly technology can be used effectively,” said Professor Brian Ferguson, director of the PHE Knowledge and Intelligence team. 

“They can save their favourite profiles, navigate easily between areas and email information about an area to colleagues,” he said. 

Helen Duncan, programme director for child and maternal health in the same team said it has been “exciting” to work out how to make the data “readily accessible for colleagues on the ward or out on a visit.” 

For further information or to download the app, visit the Public Health England website