The Child Health Advanced Records Management (CHARM) Program links several health care data bases, primarily within the Utah Department of Health, to create a consolidated electronic health record for every child in Utah.
This record increases the effectiveness of child health care services by providing a secure confidential way for authorized health care programs and partners to share public health data and track the health status of children such as: hearing and newborn bloodspot (heelstick) screening results, immunization status, referrals, and services received.
To date, CHARM has linked the databases from the following:
- Office of Vital Records (Birth and Death Certificates)
- Utah’s Immunization Program (USIIS)
- Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)
- Newborn Bloodspot (Heelstick) Screening Program
- Baby Watch/Early Intervention Program
- Office of Recovery Services.
In addition, CHARM is a conduit for the CSHCN Bureau to connect to the Utah-wide clinical Health Information Exchange (cHIE) system.
CHARM also provides a web-interface for providers and programs. The CHARM Web Interface (CWI) enables authorized users to obtain newborn screening results and immunization histories for children to facilitate more complete and timely health care services. The Fostering Healthy Children Program, the Newborn Screening (Heelstick) Program, and some pediatrician offices currently utilize the CWI.
CHARM improves services to children, reduces the number of children lost to follow-up, reduces duplicate services, promotes timely access to needed services, improves patient care, and supports program planning and evaluation.
With CHARM, health-care providers and programs can be alerted about a child’s medical needs and assist in the provision of appropriate follow-up and treatment in a timelier manner than ever before. Only authorized and authenticated health-care professionals have access to a child’s health information.
Benefits of CHARM include:
- Reducing the fragmentation of data and health care services
- Reducing duplicate services
- Advancing health care providers knowledge about children with health, developmental, and genetic conditions
- Improving services to children and families by providing complete information to the medical home
- Reducing or avoiding redundant data entry
- Increasing accountability
- Saving time – health providers no longer need to track down a child’s health information from multiple sources
- Ensuring the timely sharing of critical data with the medical home
- Enabling coordinated service delivery
- Enabling stakeholders to make better public health policy decisions
- Ensuring the security and confidentiality of medical information
- Enhancing the overall effectiveness of child health care services in Utah
There are additional benefits to families and children. These include:
- Linking data and health care services together so that important health information about a child is accessible for use
- Helping parents, providers, and public health workers know the child's history and current needs
- Improving follow-up health care for a child
- Making sure that a child's health information is complete and up-to-date
- Ensuring continued security of health information.
- Vital Records - Birth and Death Certificates
- Newborn Hearing Screening
- Newborn Bloodspot (Heelstick) Screening
- USIIS - Utah's Immunization Registry
- Baby Watch/Early Intervention
- Women, Infants and Children “WIC”
- Utah Birth Defects Network
- Fostering Healthy Children Program
- National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau
- Public Health Informatics Institute
- Utah Family Voices
- Utah Local Health Departments
- Utah Collaborative Medical Home
- Association of University Centers on Disabilities
- Utah State University
- Center for Health Data and Informatics
- University of Utah Pediatric Clinic
- North Ogden Pediatric Clinic
For further information about the CHARM Program, please contact:
Utah Department of Health
44 North Mario Capecchi Drive
P.O. Box 144620
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4620
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