According to the Taipei Times, Taipei Medical University launched a blockchain platform to improve patient referral services and integrate personal healthcare networks to make it easier for people to access their medical records.
The hospital gave a statement that the healthcare blockchain platform was developed as a one-stop referral and long-term care service to support government’s tiered health care system policy. With these improvement patient referral services and integration of personal medical networks would make it easier for people to access medical records. Hospital can record their records, patients can log in to a password-protected mobile app.
The project involves more than 100 clinics that deploy blockchain technology to address common pain points in the healthcare sector, such as data transmission between medical institutions and patient portals. Through the platform, patients have access to “a complete set of all medical records, including high-resolution medical images, laboratory results, and clinical and health check information,” while hospitals and clinics can use smart requests to authorize and share patient records.
Hospital chief Chen Ray-jade (Chen Ruijie) said in an interview that blockchain will help minimize the risk of security breaches and “blockchain technology will not only consolidate electronic medical records and the combination of multiple hospitals and clinics’ electronic health records, it also incorporates additional security with any pre-transfer notifications and agreed additional security features.” As a result, people will no longer need to go through a long wait for the transfers.
Dr. Wang Yaoting from the Taipei Community Medical Clinic said in an interview that the platform will be a big step forward. All medical and health data for the referred patients can be obtained through the blockchain, and doctors can better understand their overall health.
Global healthcare organizations have also applied distributed ledger technology in medical data management. Earlier this month, Korean biotech company Macrogen and local technology company Bigster are developing a medical big data ecosystem that will allow secure and private storage as well as the transmission of large amounts of sensitive genomic and personal information.
Some research institutions believe that blockchain technology has a broader application space in the medical field than the financial industry.