In an Australian first, eight specialist disability service providers are working together to help improve the quality of life for over 20,000 people living with a disability.
Throughout their lifetime, those with a disability often need to visit a number of support and service providers, and keeping health and personal records up to date with multiple providers is a challenge.
A new electronic system, ‘My eRecord’, aims to gather these records in one place. People can then choose to share this information with their health care professionals, carers and service providers.
This new and important initiative, established through a collaborative between by Endeavour Foundation, Multicap, Cerebral Palsy League, Life Without Barriers, Centacare, Uniting Care Community, FSG Australia and Spinal Injuries Australia aims to help people living with a disability register with ‘My eRecord’.
‘Using My eRecord helps people with disabilities keep important health and social information about themselves in one place; they can then decide who to share it with and when,’ Jo Jessop, CEO Multicap.
The Improvement Foundation (IF) has already worked with hundreds of primary health care providers to prepare their organisations to use electronic health records. Based on the success of this work, IF will support the eight organisations to upskill their teams and adapt work practices that support the set-up and use of eRecords for people with a disability.