New mobile app an e-Health world first for people with bleeding disorders

The official launch of a new mobile application makes Australia a world leader in assisting people with bleeding disorders.

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21 March 2014

The official launch of a new mobile application makes Australia a world leader in assisting people with bleeding disorders, the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, said today.

Launching the National Blood Authority’s new MyABDR app in Canberra, Minister Nash said the “globally-unique” smartphone app changes the way people with bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia, monitor and treat their condition.

“MyABDR enables people with bleeding disorders and their carers to record bleeds and their home treatments in real time,” Senator Nash said.

“These details are immediately listed on their clinical record in the Australian Bleeding Disorders Registry (ABDR) and accessible by their clinicians. This enables clinical staff in supporting hospitals to provide more timely and targeted clinical care to improve health outcomes for their patients.

“The launch today of the MyABDR app is therefore another significant step in improving health care for people with bleeding disorders in Australia.”

Minister Nash said the app was developed by the National Blood Authority on behalf of all Australian governments and in close collaboration with patients and clinicians.

Haemophilia and similar bleeding disorders are rare lifelong diseases which are potentially life threatening or severely debilitating for sufferers.

Through the supply of clotting factor products provided under the national blood arrangements, and the coordinated care services provided in each state and territory, Australia achieves a standard of care that meets all international indicators.

In 2012-13, Australian governments paid $202.2 million for clotting factor products for approximately 2,000 patients who received active treatment.

Minister’s media contact: 02 6277 7440 / 0417 966 328

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