Equine Medi­record is ‘win­ner all right’

Irish Examiner - Farming - - TECHNOLOGY FOCUS -

Keep­ing records of ve­teri­nary medicines ad­min­is­tered to their live­stock has be­come a time-con­sum­ing but com­pul­sory task for farm­ers.

They can be fined heav­ily if records are not in com­pli­ance with EU and na­tional re­quire­ments.

There are sim­i­lar re­quire­ments for blood­stock, but with the im­por­tant im­per­a­tive that huge win­nings on the race­course could be lost, and rep­u­ta­tions could be dam­aged, if bad record-keep­ing was to blame for one of our top race­horses los­ing a race due to fail­ing a drug test, if it ran too soon af­ter ad­min­is­tra­tion of a treat­ment. To help the rac­ing in­dus­try stay com­pli­ant, a com­pany called Equine Medi­record has de­vel­oped IT plat­forms that al­low easy record­ing of medicines ad­min­is­tered to race­horses and other blood­stock, which won them one of the 15 places in the re­cent Ir­ish Times In­no­va­tion Awards 2018.

The over­all win­ner was Dublin soft­ware com­pany Aid:tech, for its se­cure blockchain-based plat­form to de­liver aid to peo­ple around the world.

But Equine Medi­records was praised for tak­ing much of the pain out of proper record­ing of medicines ad­min­is­tered to race­horses and other blood­stock, with its web and phone app so­lu­tion. And the com­pany went on since to win the Start up Busi­ness of the Year ti­tle at the 2018 Kil­dare Busi­ness Awards. Record-keep­ing is man­dated un­der rac­ing reg­u­la­tions, and the Ir­ish Horserac­ing Reg­u­la­tory Board and Bri­tish Horserac­ing Au­thor­ity jhave con­firmed that they will ac­cept a medicines reg­is­ter recorded via Equine Medi­records (but may re­quire print outs of the records when in­spec­tions are con­ducted).

Among those pro­vid­ing tes­ti­mo­nial sup­port for Equine Medi­records is award win­ning Ir­ish race­horse trainer John Oxx, say­ing, “With more reg­u­la­tions from the Ir­ish Horserac­ing Reg­u­la­tory Board re­gard­ing med­i­cal record books, it is im­per­a­tive that we keep records up to date.

“Us­ing Equine Medi­record solves these prob­lems. It gives you added se­cu­rity and peace of mind.”

The com­pany acts as the cen­tral plat­form for all clients’ med­i­cal record com­pli­ance data, keep­ing it safe and se­cure, and mak­ing it much faster to record all treat­ments ad­min­is­tered, for ef­fort­less com­pli­ance with reg­u­la­tions.

They also au­to­mat­i­cally send no­ti­fi­ca­tions when reg­u­la­tions change, or when the vet or as­sis­tant ad­min­is­ters med­i­ca­tion to a horse un­der a client’s care.

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