More than often it is seen that healthcare practitioners do not enough information about a new patient’s health history to formulate a clear and effective treatment plan. The lack of information leads to a poor understanding patient’s medical history and thus an abysmal knowledge about the patient’s current cure plan. These factors make providing effective healthcare solutions difficult regardless of how great your healthcare provider happens to be.
Developed countries have sought to neutralize this issue with the development and introduction of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or Electronic Health Records (EHR). These software are capable of handling patients’ medical histories and present them on demand. Although this solution is efficient, still the industry is facing interoperability issues. The transfer of patient healthcare information from one EHR to another is still a very time-consuming process because all medical software are developed using high encryption to save patient’s health records and this creates a barrier in the transfer of health information. Medical prescriptions are another concern that needs to be addressed as providers need to know what medicines the patient has been taking in the previous years. Furthermore, counterfeit drugs in the medical supply chain also happen to be an issue within the healthcare industry that needs to be addressed properly.
Blockchain Technology can assist in alleviating most of these prevalent problems within the healthcare industry by providing a tamperproof and secure database where patient medical records can easily be stored. Since blockchain brings a decentralized system, this becomes the best choice for interoperable EHR systems. The transfer of patient’s medical information from one hospital to another will become easier and it will also become undeletable. This seamless flow will make it really easy for medical providers to gain a good understanding of a patient’s medical history, which will eventually lead them to formulate better treatment plans.
Also, by being able to access crucial patient health information such as past medical drugs prescriptions, the doctors will be able to determine the current health condition and its causes better. The blockchain can also be very useful in the tackling of counterfeit drugs in the medical supply chain. It can do so by becoming a medium through which the actual authenticity of lifesaving drugs can be verified.
These just some of the many uses the Blockchain technology has in the healthcare industry. If you have an opinion that you want to share with us, please express it in the comment section below.