Maternal & Newborn Clinical Management System (MN-CMS)

Maternal & Newborn Clinical Management System



The MN-CMS Project is the design and implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) for all women and babies in maternity services in Ireland. This record will allow all information to be shared with relevant providers of care as and when required.

The key benefits include:

  • Improved patient care as a result of better communication, supported decision making and effective planning of care.
  • More effective and efficient recording of information reflecting best standards in documentation.
  • Enhanced clinical audit and research locally as a result of better quality data.
  • Informed business intelligence that will drive local and national management decisions.

Following public procurement and the appointment of Cerner as the preferred vendor, the MN-CMS team initiated the project in March 2014. Core deployment of the project commenced with Go-Lives at Cork University Maternity Hospital in December 2016 and in Maternity services at University Hospital Kerry in March 2017. The Rotunda Hospital is scheduled to go-live in Quarter 4, 2017 followed by the National Maternity Hospital in Quarter 1, 2018. The system will be deployed to the remaining 15 hospitals on a phased basis from 2018.

This project stems from a number of reports[1] looking at maternity service provision in Ireland. The MN-CMS project board was then set up in 2007 to assess the need for a maternal and newborn EHR. Following the needs assessment, a detailed design specification was developed in consultation with each of the 19 maternity units. The public procurement process commenced in late 2011 and concluded with contract signing in 2014.  

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[1] The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry: An Inquiry into to peripartum hysterectomy at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda (2006); The National Health Information Strategy (2006); The Dublin Maternities Information and Communication Technology Strategy (2007); The Future of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in Ireland 2006-2016; The Modernisation of the National Casemix Programme in Ireland (2006).