Healthcare professionals are trying to find better ways at protecting patients' data during a time where data breaches are on the rise. With telehealth, or remote health services, on the rise, it has never been easier for third parties to have access to patients' sensitive information. Even though remote healthcare could leave data vulnerable, during uncertain times like these in regards to the pandemic, it is important that patients have the option of remote care in order to get the treatment they need while keeping themselves and others safe.
Many online health providers are beginning to use blockchain applications in order to strengthen the security that protects patients' data. Blockchain applications are a more secure online security system that keeps ledgers of data so that there is full transparency regarding who has access to what information. Providers who use blockchain applications have noted a positive change in the level of security they have within their business, and the benefits are countless. Making this switch is greatly beneficial to both providers and patients, but with the increase of data breaches in telehealth in the past few years, not everyone is ready to trust telehealth providers again so quickly.
In order to repair this trust, many providers are using blockchain applications to use cryptocurrency rewards as a way to orient patients towards their goals. By engaging in healthy behaviors such as attending doctor's appointments, completing surveys, taking medication, or even simply following the doctor’s orders patients can receive cryptocurrency tokens. This system is mutually beneficial because it fosters healthy habits in patients and also gives patients motivation to continue attending their doctor's appointments, whether remote or physical, which brings back trust to providers.
Providers who make the change to security systems that use blockchain applications and cryptocurrency rewards are inherently set up for a more secure future. Not only are they repairing relationships with their patients by rewarding them for basic tasks, but they are adding a new layer of protection to their patients' sensitive information. With data breaches on the rise, the protection of data should be a priority, especially in the medical field, and data security is prioritized when using blockchain applications.
Blockchain and health go hand in hand - learn more in the infographic below: