In early 2017 Maree Beare realised that one major thing was missing from the health care system. “I tried to access my health record and the only option I could find was the government consumer portal. At that time, I realised that the eHealth record was only really accessible for clinicians and bureaucrats, so I set about making it accessible to people, giving them more control over their health information.”
In the last 2 years, the My Health Record has been made available for all Australians to have summaries of their health history uploaded by medical professionals.
However, those consumers who wish to monitor their own health data, such as the 2.5 million people who opted out of My Health Record will be completely stranded.
This is why Maree has spent the past two years developing the health app Wanngi. “It’s been a long road – This past year especially has been a rigorous year for Wanngi, designing a tightly secure app with privacy at its heart, as well as ensuring the user experience is of exceptional quality.”
Wanngi is a health and fitness app that allows everyday people to store, manage, and view all of their health and wellness information in one location, including symptom and injury management, medications and immunisations. “The public can now join up to the app and we’re so excited! I’m really proud of this achievement and my team who helped make it happen.”
Wanngi is now live, but the past two years definitely haven’t been easy for Wanngi or for Maree.
“I have been involved in technology my whole career, so the challenges of a female founder in STEM is not new to me.”
“I was warned by my husband, already in the digital health sector, that my startup endeavour would be difficult and he was correct. Also, unfortunately, female entrepreneurs are also less likely to receive backing and funding, even though they are statistically more likely to run more successful businesses. Having bootstrapped this startup, thus far, has also been a challenge for us as we have had a number of delays due to dependencies on Government approvals, and potential investors have required customer validation first.”
However, as a result of a lot of hard work and countless hours, Wanngi is now live, with more features already being rolled out.
“Now that we’ve launched Wanngi, we’re working to improve and extend the functionality.”
“People can begin connecting their wearable devices and creating their own personal health record for the first time ever. We’re also ready to connect to the Australian My Health Record as soon as the Government approval process is complete.”