Taipei Medical University Hospital has set up an online health platform based on blockchain technology to integrate and improve record keeping among the country's medical institutions.
Blockchain Healthcare Platform
As reported by Taipei Times the project tagged "Healthcare Blockchain Platform", is the result of the collaboration of over 100 community clinics and was created to address the problems that currently afflict the health system of the country, such as referrals of patients and the transfer of personal and health data of patients between health institutions.
At present, inter-hospital transfers are a long and arduous process and hospitals have reference points where nurses need to assist patients with referral requests. But with this platform, patients will be able to access complete medical records and search for referrals from clinicians simply by accessing a & r; mobile app. While various medical institutions can request and authorize a transfer of medical records, using smart contracts.
Speaking on the project, Chen Ray-Jade, Superintendent of the Hospital of the Medical University of Taipei, said:
Blockchain technology not only helps to combine electronic medical records with electronic medical records of more hospitals and clinics, it also incorporates the additional security function of notification and consent before any transfer takes place.
Chen also said that the decentralized nature of blockchain technology would greatly reduce the risk of data theft.
Also talking about the development, Wang Yao-Ting, a doctor at the Zhuang Jing clinic, said:
W with access to all medical and health data of a referral patient via blockchains the doctors can get a better understanding of their general health.
Adoption Blockchain in the health sector
In addition to trade and logistics, blockcha in technology is starting to find increasing utility in the health sector. From protecting patient data to combating false pharmaceuticals, healthcare is rapidly becoming a popular arena for the adoption of emerging technology.
In Singapore, the MetLife innovation center, LumenLab began testing its automated insurance solution called Vitana. The app that is based on blockchain technology will offer automatic insurance payments to pregnant women with gestational diabetes. It is the first insurance product designed for gestational diabetes in the country and one in five pregnant women in Singapore is diagnosed with this condition.
ALLIVE collaborated with Ontology to create an intelligent health system based on blockchain technology. The system that is geared to lower the cost of health care. There is an identification system – Olife that will be used to create and maintain patient profiles, as well as an artificial intelligence system – Olivia which will operate as a virtual medical care provider. There is also an Oleaf interface that will allow patients, doctors, insurance companies and other interested parties to work together using safe and reliable data.