1> During every visit to a hospital, you are required to fill a long form which enlists all the allergies and the ailments you have had before the current checkup. Hospitals have this procedure so that they can provide accurate services to you.
But more than often we may not enter the details correctly since:
These errors can arise in another scenario, explained as follows:
Let us assume that you are working in New York City, New York and you’re covered by a Health insurance company “H”. Now you have to shift to Palo Alto, California. There can be some data discrepancies when you are filling out your new Health insurance form. Even if the details are forwarded by “H”, we must not ignore the fact that transfer might delay the whole process.
2> Healthcare information of a person is very sensitive and should not be under access of hackers. Healthcare data are stored in centralized servers which are prone to cyber attacks.
In this article, I intend to solve these problems.
Few days ago, I was explaining the need for blockchains to my friend. The following was my explanation to her:
What if all the hospitals share a common ledger that contains the healthcare data of a particular individual?
Eureka, I have got it!
The healthcare data of patients can be distributed in the following way:
I intend to use permissioned blockchain. By this approach, only the trusted and verified hospitals can participate in this network. And even if the security of one of the hospitals is compromised, the system updates its data with respect with the ledger of its partner hospital(Something similar to Bitcoin Blockchain) ensuring the safety and integrity of the individual’s information.
Thus, both the problems can be solved by this approach.
The following quote motivated me to write this article:
“You can’t stop things like Bitcoin. It will be everywhere, and the world will have to readjust.” — John McAfee, Founder of McAfee
Thank you for reading my article.
This article comes under research work done at Wright State University’s SMART Lab under the guidance of Dr. Yong Pei.
Wright State University: https://www.wright.edu/
Department of Computer Science and Engineering : https://www.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/profile/computer-science
Dr. Yong Pei : https://people.wright.edu/yong.pei
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