An Australian digital health company has joined in a new initiative to connect sports communities globally, allowing players to take their medical records with them when they move between countries and clubs.
Melbourne-based Global Health announced this week that it has partnered with the Jobs4Sport digital platform, which currently connects rugby union players, agents, coaches and clubs and plans to expand into cricket, football, netball, basketball, AFL, rugby league and hockey.
Athletes on the platform will be provided with their digital medical records via Global Health’s Lifecard app, which will integrate with Apple Health and Google Fit by November 2018. For Australian athletes, Lifecard has commenced the process of connecting with My Health Record and expects access to the Federal Government’s online health platform to be available by September 2018.
In the next two years Jobs4Sport expects to grow to connect 200,000 people worldwide and access to medical records can benefit sportspeople who rely on a high level of fitness and want to minimise the risk of injury and illness.
Former Australian Wallaby Chris Roche said the partnership will be a boost for amateur rugby recruitment, which depends on a portable workforce.
“For many years players have been attracted to a club on the promise of a job, now through Jobs4Rugby you can secure the job for the player before they leave their hometown with the added benefit of their personal digital medical record travelling with them,” Roche said.
The Lifecard personal health record collates medications, medical history, allergies, test results, reminders, and wearables data. It also allows users with ongoing health conditions to track measurements such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
According to Global Health CEO Mathew Cherian, the partnership with Jobs4Rugby will allow Lifecard to adapt the app for use in the major rugby-playing nations across five continents.
“For amateur athletes, regardless of the sport, having your health record for emergencies or just for monitoring your key health performance indicators is a massive step forward,” he said.
“Lifecard provides all athletes with the platform to have their personal digital medical record providing easy access to their medical record no matter where they travel or where they play.”
The ASX-listed Global Health – which has operated for 30 years – has a portfolio of digital health products including the MasterCare electronic medical record, PrimaryClinic practice software and ReferralNet secure message delivery system.