Blockchain to record consent to surgery


Rational Surgical Solutions has partnered with Blockchain Start-up, Blockdrive, to incorporate blockchain technology on its Rati-Fi platform. The system aims to help healthcare professionals use technology to improve patient care. More specifically, it seeks to minimize the problems of communication between patient and physician before surgery, while improving efficiency, outcomes and revenue.

Informed consent is legalized for a process in which physicians obtain permission from patients before performing surgery or invasive procedures. Patients sign a document saying they understand the risks. Only after this is confirmed, doctors can proceed with the treatment.

The founder and CEO of Rational Surgical Solutions Dr. Jonathan Fialkov is a urologist. He explained why he created the system: "Over 14 years working in a clinic, I saw the same situations arise especially with patients who did not understand all the implications of surgery."

Rati-fi provides educational videos to help patients learn about the procedures and thus confirms that the patients understood the topic. If they do not have it, a doctor can fill in the knowledge gaps.

Blockchain comes into play when a patient confirms his understanding and consent. The technology will allow you to keep confirmation confidently, making it very difficult to tamper with or hacking. Furthermore, in case of damage or interruption of power supply, backup data are available and accessible.

"I was fascinated by the potential of Blockchain technology in health information technology," said Fialkov. "There is tremendous pressure on health institutions of all sizes to improve safety, reduce costs and increase transaction performance, especially patient data, while delivering exceptional patient experience. Blockdrive technology from Blockdrive was the next logical addition to our Rati-Fi platform. "

Harry Curtin, CEO of Blockdrive, added: "The addition of the Blockchain capability to their Rati-Fi platform is one of the best use cases for this technology in the healthcare industry we have seen so far."

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