Thursday, 20 June 2013

CareMonkey wins 2013 state iAward for best and most innovative healthsolution

Sometimes unexpected things happen. On Wednesday 5 June 2013 CareMonkey was presented with the state iAward for best and most innovative health solution. In the picture CareMonkey’s Troy Westley (right) is accepting the award from The Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips, MLC, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Technology and Minister for the Aviation Industry, Victorian State Government.

CareMonkey (health winner)

I was thrilled that CareMonkey was acknowledged  in this way. It's great validation for us knowing that CareMonkey was selected. I'm very proud of what we have achieved so far and our development team headed by Martin Howell (CTO) are doing an outstanding job bringing our solution to market. Congratulations also go to CSIRO and UnityHealth Pty Ltd for their merit awards in the health category.

Over 19 years, the iAwards has become the premier technology awards platform in Australia delivering the most comprehensive awards program which recognises the achievements and innovation made in ICT across all facets of the economy.

Well, we've had a nice pat on the back, now it's back to work...

Take care...Troy

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Parents...Welcome to CareMonkey!

Hi and welcome to CareMonkey!

We’re here to help you make your family safer with our free mobile apps and website. You’re able to easily share care instructions and emergency information with people you trust to care for your loved ones; like other family members, close friends, teachers, baby sitters, sports coaches and other trusted carers.

As a parent I had often felt I’d done a poor job preparing other carers to look after my family. It’s embarrassing. I am guilty of not sharing asthma plans with grandparents, teachers, friends and so on. I’m guilty of forgetting to leave a list of emergency contacts or a list of allergies when one of our kids was having a sleepover. I couldn’t remember my own immunisations, let alone the immunisations of other family members.

Having an IT background, it seemed crazy to me that in the year 2012 we couldn’t easily share care information. We seemed to be able to share other types of information easily…we’re posting photo’s on Facebook and Google+, tweeting on twitter and connecting with business associates on LinkedIn. These social apps serve a purpose but they are not designed for securely sharing personal care information about your family.

That’s was CareMonkey does. It’s an app and website that allows you to electronically share care information about your family with people you trust. Enter it in one place and easily share to everyone that might need that information to help a loved one. Update it in one place and all carers have immediate access to the latest care and emergency information. Now it’s easy to be prepared.

CareMonkey is available here: Feel free to try it out.

Take care...Troy

CareMonkey at the National Asthma Conference 2013

In March this year we were fortunate to be invited to the National Asthma Conference in Canberra where I was one of the speakers. CareMonkey is a partner of Asthma Australia and we are working together to help people with asthma and their carers. Asthma Australia's own surveys have revealed that only 18% of people know how to help someone if they are having an asthma attack...and that's terrible! By using the CareMonkey app people with asthma can share everything a carer needs to know to help manage their asthma and avoid asthma attacks. This includes details about their symptoms, triggers and how to administer their medication.

CareMonkey allows users to share an electronic copy of their asthma action plan too. You can scan a copy of the asthma plan signed by the doctor and attach it to a person's CareMonkey profile. Now all carers can access the asthma plan whenever required. If you don't have an asthma action plan you should see your the meantime you could upload the Asthma First Aid poster approved by Asthma Australia. It will quickly show carers the 4 steps to helping someone having an asthma attack. You can download a copy of it from Asthma Australia's website here. Don't forget to upload this document into your CareMonkey profile, that way all your carers have access to it and know what to do...share it with family, friends, teachers, coaches and other people you trust to care for you and your family.

Take care...Troy

Make your asthma plan useful!

I was horrified when I accidently pulled our son's asthma plan out of the filing cabinet. I'd been looking for something else but by mistake I had this important document in my hands.

It contained information that could save his life and here it was in the filing cabinet, inaccessible to everyone. I felt ashamed. Why hadn't I made copies of this and given it to relatives, friends, teachers and coaches. They're the the ones who might need it one day.

Given Asthma Australia research shows that only 18% of people know how to help someone if they are having an asthma attack, it's stupid that I hadn't  shared this sooner. It's a risk I don't need to take. After all, it describes quite clearly his symptoms and how to manage an asthma episode, including step by step instructions.

Perhaps your asthma plan, or the asthma plan of someone you love is buried in a filing cabinet somewhere too. Here's what you can do:

1. Sign up for a free CareMonkey account here:

2. Create a care profile for the person with asthma (it's easy!)

3. Scan their asthma plan and attach it to the care profile

4. Share the care profile with people you trust so they can view it on their smartphone, tablet or computer

Now they'll know what to do in the case of an asthma attack...makes sense doesn't it? Now your asthma plan is useful and you or loved one is safer.

Take care,