- digital platform provides a single source of health, medical, social and emotional information that is managed by individuals and their carers and can be shared with everyone in the care circle -
Southampton, 22nd June 2017, UK start-up, Kuradocs, has announced a new online application, Liferaft, that helps people living with disabilities and their carers to ease the administrative burden that comes with managing complex life-long conditions.
Nicola Murgatroyd founded Kuradocs to develop Liferaft after spending 28 years caring for her daughter, who was born with spina bifida. Nicola wanted to save people the time and pain of having to repeat personal information whenever another professional becomes involved in the care process. At the heart of Liferaft is a secure database which has been developed over the past three years by the Kuradocs team.
To meet the increasing demand for health and social care, the government and NHS England are driving towards integrated services and more person-centred care, where individuals have much greater involvement in managing their own care: (https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/part-rel/transformation-fund/). Liferaft is a person-centred single system that supports integrated care by providing carers, GPs, consultants, nurses, schools and physiotherapists with a single source of information, which is managed by the person being cared for or by their carer.
Liferaft brings together health, medical, emotional and social care information in a secure online platform, so that up to date information is available to everyone in the care circle. Liferaft supports both the person being cared for and the carer, by providing a single source of information on the needs, preferences and goals of individuals.
Liferaft allows people with special needs and their carers, to record not only health and medical data but also social, emotional and support care information and is particularly useful when arranging respite care, or completing lengthy forms, such as the Disability Living Allowance application (and in future PIP). The Calendar section also helps with the management of appointments.
The ‘About Me’ section of the portal can be used to record a person’s favourite colours, clothing, music, foods, books and activities and everything to do with their daily routine. This can all be recorded within Liferaft and shared securely with everyone within the care circle.
If a person’s condition changes overnight, such as a pressure sore appearing, carers can print off or directly and securely share a Liferaft update to alert others who are transporting or looking after that person, so that they take additional care.
The portal can be accessed and updated on laptops, PCs and tablet devices, allowing information to be viewed wherever there is an Internet connection.
Nicola Murgatroyd, founder of Kuradocs, the company behind Liferaft, comments, “There is a clear directive from the UK Government that care for those with special needs should transition to be person-centred and that we should move away from the 'treat and fix' model. There are a host of health-related applications but none integrate health, social, emotional and intellectual information and provide the care circle with an understanding of the whole person, as Liferaft does.”
“Integrated care is crucial to help meet the needs of people living longer with complex conditions. Liferaft enables everyone to manage their care and communicate their needs and preferences to professionals and supports new care models that are designed to ensure everyone gets the best co-ordinated care.”
Liferaft can be accessed via the website: www.myLiferaft.com.