Con­trol your own health in­for­ma­tion

Michael Ben­nett in­tro­duces Snug, a new way of man­ag­ing your health records and your health.

Mercury (Hobart) - - TALKING POINT - Michael Ben­nett is the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Snug Health, a Tas­ma­nian based health app de­vel­oper. Pre­vi­ously he worked in the pub­lic sec­tor for Mi­crosoft.

OVER the course of a life­time we visit count­less dif­fer­ent med­i­cal providers and spe­cial­ists, and for nearly all of us our child­hood GP is no longer the one we see.

Th­ese same providers and spe­cial­ists have al­ways recorded your ap­point­ment, or “episode of care” as the in­dus­try calls it – in the past it was on pa­per, but th­ese days it’s in what­ever med­i­cal soft­ware sys­tem they are run­ning.

When you are re­ferred to a specialist, your GP usu­ally shares your notes via you and sealed in an en­ve­lope.

So, where’s the prob­lem, I hear you say.

The prob­lem is that as a pa­tient we are al­ways left with a frag­mented health record. This re­sults in in­ef­fi­cien­cies or com­pli­ca­tions in our over­all treat­ment.

How does the anaes­thetist help­ing your den­tist to pull out your wis­dom tooth in Ho­bart know that you had a bad re­ac­tion after your knee op­er­a­tion in Mel­bourne?

Was it the anaes­thetic, or was it the anti-emetic post­op­er­a­tive? I can’t re­mem­ber … why?

How much money is wasted in the health sys­tem re­peat­ing blood tests for an evening hospi­tal ad­mis­sion that were al­ready re­quested by the GP that af­ter­noon?

It is be­cause of gaps such as th­ese that we have de­vel­oped a smart­phone app called Snug.

Snug was de­vel­oped in Tas­ma­nia to solve this prob­lem and to help peo­ple take con­trol of their health by al­low­ing them to have their health in­for­ma­tion at their fin­ger­tips.

It is a com­pre­hen­sive record of all your med­i­ca­tions, pre­scrip­tions, al­ler­gies, con­di­tions and ap­point­ments, to­gether with your fit­ness de­vice ac­tiv­ity and med­i­cal de­vice re­sults in one place.

The sys­tem can also pull in all your My Health Record in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing vac­ci­na­tions, GP and hospi­tal en­coun­ters, medicines pre­scribed and dis­pensed, and pathol­ogy and ra­di­ol­ogy are on the way.

If you opted out of My Health Record for any rea­son, Snug is a great place to record and share your med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion.

If, for ex­am­ple, you are busy mum, you can record your child’s in­for­ma­tion in Snug, rather than try­ing to man­age your child’s de­vel­op­ment mile­stones and im­mu­ni­sa­tion sched­ule through the pa­per-based Blue Book.

Snug also en­ables those who need help man­ag­ing their health to cap­ture and share their in­for­ma­tion through the Cir­cle of Care.

The Cir­cle of Care fea­ture al­lows you to give your loved ones or car­ers per­mis­sion to ac­cess your health in­for­ma­tion to sup­port you achieve the best out­comes.

The bot­tom line is that with Snug, in­di­vid­u­als can now col­lect and mon­i­tor their own data and choose to share that in­for­ma­tion with health pro­fes­sion­als in or­der to as­sist in in­ter­ac­tions and in­form their de­ci­sions.

Your data is pro­tected to the same stan­dard ap­plied to the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and housed here in Aus­tralia, so if you want bet­ter health out­comes and more co­he­sive un­der­stand­ing of your health records, you can down­load the app from the Ap­ple App Store or Google Play Store.

IT IS BE­CAUSE OF GAPS SUCH AS TH­ESE THAT WE DE­VEL­OPED A SMART­PHONE APP CALLED SNUG. SNUG WAS DE­VEL­OPED IN TAS­MA­NIA TO HELP PEO­PLE TAKE CON­TROL OF THEIR HEALTH BY AL­LOW­ING THEM TO HAVE THEIR HEALTH IN­FOR­MA­TION AT THEIR FIN­GER­TIPS.

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