The blockchain is here to stay in the healthcare sector. Universities as well as other actors in the global healthcare system have implemented this technology. Advances in usability are increasing. The Universidad del Cauca in Colombia makes a proposal for a family history that is similar to the blockchain system in Mexico.
The implementation of blockchain networks in the health sector seems to be becoming more and more common, and that Latin America is the region that shows interest in this type of solution should also be emphasized. On this occasion, the Universidad del Cauca in Colombia published a proposal to build a blockchain network for medical records.
Although it is true that it is not the first to be developed in this area of health, the system they proposed is new. This time you want to implement a workable and effective solution to a common problem in the health system.
It is no secret to anyone that Latin American health systems lack care, staff, and infrastructure. It is therefore “normal” for a medical history to be lost, changed or rescheduled without much inconvenience.
The university mainly proposes to solve the problem that each patient can only create a medical history once. This means that the first interview is conducted between the doctor and the patient, personal information, previous illnesses should be filled in, and perhaps the newest is family history, as this concept is not limited to collecting information from the patient, but suggests taking a family history.
In this concept, the proposal is a kind of electronic family file that helps prevent future illnesses based on family history.A basic example of these cases is diabetes, which, although not fully proven to be hereditary, is important in considering the treatment of pathologies in patients.
The proposal also shows that a private blockchain network is selected for the development of the project, in which each hospital and clinic forms a node of the network for data hosting.. The manifesto also states that using Hyperledger Fabric is the best option to preserve patient data privacy.
These types of systems are usually rejected if they do not offer really efficient security. Stealing clinical data is a more common crime than reported. In fact, there was a 300% increase in cyber attacks in 2019 to get data. This comes from data from the cyber security company Proofpoint. Therefore, a platform with such sensitive information must be shielded and this information carefully protected.
Blockchain technology guarantees this privacy and at the same time offers the immutability of information, another important point that needs to be emphasized with this type of platform.
The system will have one application for patients and one for doctors, each with different permissions, but will ultimately provide a level of security for adding or removing information from the network. must have the approval of the patient, family member and administrator.
Other healthcare platforms
There are other platforms that are already being used in full. So far, they have offered patients practical solutions at no additional cost. Since the pandemic began more than seven months ago, various medical applications have been promoted to mitigate the effects of the virus worldwide.
For example, Solve.Care is a global healthcare company that uses blockchain technology to manage, coordinate and pay for healthcare services.. The company is based in Ukraine and has offices in the United States, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Estonia.
Another example is Uber’s partnership with Solve.Care last year, which jointly transported patients to health centers to ensure scheduled medical examinations and consultations. At that time, it was estimated that at least 3.6 million patients would stop Solve.Care and Uber were in consultations and worked together to complete these transfers to ensure that patients met their medical appointments.
An ecosystem called Prescrypto was implemented in Mexico, which was sponsored by the Unicef development program and was able to expand the implementation of this platform This basically enables the blockchain network connection to be used to create medical records, order medical prescriptions, and remotely control patient development.
Something very similar to what the Universidad del Cauca de Colombia states in the published manifesto and is expected to be implemented. It is the second platform in Latin America to be developed in patient medical records. but be the first to implement the electronic family history.
For its part, In South Korea, by implementing the FLETA ecosystem in Seoul before the outbreak of the epidemic, the Asian country was able to learn how to efficiently manage clinical data, which is vital for timely and early control of the coronavirus outbreak.
The use of clinical data platforms in general enabled single and interlaced data management to be used to identify cases, cases infected by contact and immediate response to avoid closing the country in isolation, as in Spain.
Another example from Latin America, which includes technologies in addition to the so-called 4.0 revolution Chile, which has implemented its Healtchain ecosystem that combines IoT, ML and Blockchain via chatbots.
The corona virus enabled the multiplication of blockchain ecosystems for health. Not only in Europe and Asia, but also in Latin America, where the use of technology obviously guarantees the accuracy of the data provided by governments to treat the virus.
Blockchain technology continues to provide immediate and workable solutions for all areas of society. The versatility of this technology has allowed its application to grow in size and therefore to evolve in itself. This is an infinite opportunity for developers to develop the latest technology.