How Blockchain Changes Medicine

Blockchain changes medicine

How a visit to outpatient hospital or medical center is organized today

Every outpatient clinic offers a choice: making online appointment or addressing the reception desk personally. In both cases, the patient is not immune from mistakes. In case of the appointment at the reception desk, the outpatient clinic or medical center employee can make a mistake. The data on appointments and doctors’ working hours are usually recorded in the medical card that can be lost or disordered.

A visit to doctor usually ends with the prescription of medicine and procedures. Today all of these records are hand-written on paper. The same refers to private medical centers: they have less patient flow but retain the risk of the personnel errors that can cost too much both for patient and doctors.

Blockchain-based services will ensure accurate storage of the data on all the patient’s appointments and working hours of the doctors, hospitals, outpatient clinics, laboratories and medical centers. Blockchain is decentralized, helps to reduce the number of intermediaries, does not require approval of transactions and allows tracing the changes that will be open for all the participants of the network.

Medical tests and other researches

Today all this information is recorded by hand and stored in computers, which is done for safe storage. But mistakes of the employees of laboratories, outpatient clinics and medical centers are impossible to predict: test results are simply lost sometimes, the test results of namesakes are often disordered.

Upon entering each patient or private medical laboratory client in the database with individual number assigned and secure data storage ensured by blockchain, we can forget about such problems. Besides, it will also fix the problem of the storage of the huge amount of paper documents (medical cards, research and test results) which all the healthcare system organizations have to store now.

Medical Blockchain

Patients’ medical cards

Healthcare system and commercial medicine share two unsolved problems of the patients’ data storage, namely: human factor and huge storage space required for storing patients’ paper medical cards. A paper medical card can be lost in the hospital or disposed of by a patient deliberately.

Blockchain in healthcare system will solve this problem. You only need to assign every person an individual number that will ensure security of all the data on diseases, treatment, medical procedures and doctors’ appointments throughout their life. Because the system is decentralized, no one can secretly change or edit the information. Every new entry must be approved by the participants, then coded and linked to the previous transaction, after which the chain is impossible to edit.

Medical case history

Maintaining confidentiality is one of the main features of blockchain system. Every patients’ data keys shall be held by the patient themselves and treating physician. Blockchain eliminates the risk of forgery of medical data or test results, because every transaction is recorded in the whole system. Besides, the use of blockchain excludes third parties, which is important when private data security is at stake.

Pharma holdings

Usually all the doctor’s prescriptions are recorded in the patient’s medical card. After that, patients refer to a drug store where they buy medicine. Doctors make their prescriptions basing on the diagnosis, as well as using the information obtained from the medical representatives of pharma holdings.

The representatives of pharma holdings provide trainings in outpatient clinics and hospitals, collaborate with medical centers and tell about new medicines and pharmaceutical forms.

A data storage system integrating drug stores, pharmaceutical manufacturers, doctors and patients will be the most convenient and beneficial, commercially as well. Blockchain will help to reduce the costs of medicine sales by reducing the number of intermediaries. Besides, special blockchain-based service will help to maintain records of purchases and medicine orders of the drug stores.

Test results in closed laboratories

There are startups already that offer the use of blockchain for the development of medicine and medical research. This is particularly topical for the doctors who work far from big cities or research institutes and laboratories.

Blockchain-based services will ensure access to the latest medical researches and the data that cannot be spread among broad public yet.