On August 30, 2018, Taipei Medical University Hospital launched a global blockchain platform to improve a medical data of referred patients, so that, people would have easier access to their medical records.
This healthcare blockchain platform was developed as a long-term care service in order to support the Hierarchical Medical System policy of the government, Taipei Medical University Hospital said in a statement. There are more than 100 community-based clinics who use blockchain technology collaborated on the project. The purpose of this project is to address “common pain points” in healthcare including the physician referral process, transfer of data between medical institutions and personal patient portals.
It is stated that people will have a complete set of all their medical records including lab results, high-resolution medical images and clinical and health exam information. With the help of smart contracts, both clinics and hospitals can request and authorize a record of patients by sharing easily and securely.
Chang Shy-shin, the Head of the Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, said that the global blockchain platform allows people to log into a password-protected mobile app to make such requests. Followingly, the nurses at referral counters help people seeking referrals.
The blockchain is a distributed ledger and decentralized network, therefore, it would minimize the risk of security breaches. The people will not have to go through a monotonous process for an inter-hospital transfer.
Wang Yao-ting, a physician at Zhuang Jing Clinic and a community-based healthcare provider in Taipei, said that the platform would be a great improvement. With access to all the medical and health data, all the doctors can have a better understanding of their general health through blockchain technology.
In the United States, scientist.com life science-based research marketplace discovered a new global blockchain platform in order to protect pharmaceutical data. It is trying to lessen the burden on biopharma businesses by complying with the strict data regulations of the United States, as reported by Cointelegraph.
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