Given the current global situation caused by COVID-19, several initiatives have been proposed and established in the health sector using blockchain technology. According to Contexto, the Doctoralia México platform recently partnered with Mexican startup Prescrypto to allow doctors who use their services to issue digital prescriptions to their patients.
The Doctoralia platform has been offering the digital prescription service to users from different countries, especially Europeans, for some time. Well, citing the blockchain of the startups Prescrypto, this one; This will also become a reality for your web portal in Mexico.
Doctoralia is part of the Polish group Doc Planner and operates in 20 countries in Europe and Latin America. This makes it possible to make medical appointments and even receive remote consultations and indications from its 180,000 allied doctors in Mexico. The alliance with Prescrypto, which has just completed the UNICEF Innovation Fund’s acceleration program for blockchain companies, enables the addition of verified medical prescriptions under applicable law for the 5.5 million site visitors.
How does it work
With this alliance, health professionals who are already part of Doctoralia and those who join the platform will be able to issue digital prescriptions both in person and over distance. Adrián Alcántara, Head of Operations at Doctoralia in Latin America, has declared that Mexico, Colombia and Argentina comply with this new modality and meet the requirements of the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris).according to the applicable regulations since 2011.
Using blockchain technology as a foundation, it is expected that the electronic prescriptions issued through the platform will be secure, that they cannot be duplicated and that they can be read by pharmacies that have the necessary technology.. These can only be read with a QR code that translates the data stored by the doctor in the prescrypto chain. With this in mind, Alcántara comments:
“Without having to carry a piece of paper with you, you can take the QR code generated with the prescription and the pharmacy that is already authorized with this type of document can deliver it.”
This involves creating a completely remote, simple and digital chain closed by the role of certain digital pharmaceutical platforms such as Farmalisto, Prixz and Mediomonth that receive the digital prescription directly and deliver it to the patient’s home.
According to Alcántara, this strategy has helped limit contact between patients, doctors and other providers during the health emergency caused by COVID-19.
“Basically, you can get medical help from home or anywhere with an internet connection, video call your specialist and write out a digital prescription that you can fill out remotely,” added Alcántara.
Prescrypto and Blockchain
Likewise, Prescrypto is a health care professional application whose purpose is to create, send and track digital medical prescriptions using a registration system based on blockchain technology. It’s an unprecedented model of fully decentralized medical prescribing, meaning it’s transparent, public, electronic, and reviewable.
It was developed with the intent of bringing Distributed Accounting Technology (DLT) together with the healthcare sector to effectively issue, send, track, and review medical prescriptions on the Internet, ultimately avoiding counterfeiting.
The security for professionals will be greater because the recipes are checked by a QR code and the recipes are protected by an electronic signature. This signature is approved after each doctor’s professional license is verified by the Minister of Public Education (SEP).
This application acts as an intermediary between the patient and the doctor. The latter is the only one that can perform actions through the platform, ensuring the protection of user data thanks to the intervention of blockchain technology, which maintains a historical record of transactions by patients and those involved in the process.
Health with blockchain
With this in mind of prescription drug ideas, Cointelegraph In a publication released earlier this month, it refers to the launch of the Mexican platform Teeb. Health provides a digital medical experience with services that allow healthcare professionals, patients, hospitals and pharmacies to perform processes in a virtual way, e.g. E.g. issuing prescriptions, clinical records, consultations, among others. With a digital infrastructure supported by disruptive technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI).
Currently, Mexico has several platforms in the healthcare sector that have innovated by adopting blockchain technology to automate and improve processes in this sector.
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly led countries around the world to use blockchain on top of other disruptive technologies in the new “contactless” era that has accelerated digital adoption.
Geographically, Asian countries are most likely to use this technology in the health sector In the Latin America region, as we have already seen, other possibilities do not escape this reality with a range of innovations observed in countries such as Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil in recent months. This ranges from improving the supply chain of medical device providers to telemedicine to the efficient collection of clinical data in distributed systems.
Blockchain technology continues to demonstrate its usefulness beyond the traditional system of decentralized economies such as cryptocurrencies and DeFi for broader sectors of the global economy such as the healthcare sector.