Blockchain In Healthcare
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will reportedly partner with blockchain-based telemedicine and telepsychology firm doc.com to expand free basic healthcare services across Eastern Africa. News of the partnership was shared with Cointelegraph in an email on Dec. 26.
In an officially sealed letter signed on Dec. 20 by Amado Philip de Andres, Regional Representative for UNODC’s Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA), de Andres wrote that the organization is “willing to cooperate […] in a new partnership.” Doc.com is a tech firm that offers blockchain-based 24/7 telemedicine and telepsychology platforms, allowing users to tokenize their personal data and sell it in return for access to the services.
15-Dec-18 Nigerian Start-up Announces Revolutionary Global Decentralized Health Platform With A Distributed Blockchain
Cura Network, a Nigeria-based healthcare technology start-up, has announced the launch of its revolutionary Global Decentralised Health System. The platform decentralizes storage of health data, by means of entities collaborating and sharing data with each other to promote, restore or maintain health. These entities are patients, specialists, providers, and third-party app developers.
One of the South Korea’s largest hospitals has partnered with a local tech company to develop a medical services platform based on blockchain technology, according to the hospital’s official press release Nov. 12. Myongji Hospital, located in the city of Goyang, South Korea, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korean IT company BICube, which markets itself as a machine learning platform.
The government of Austria is supporting a U.K. cancer research company using blockchain to detect the disease. The government’s support comes as part of its drive to promote the technology, a press release shared with Cointelegraph confirms Nov. 10. Lancor Scientific, which has developed a device to detect multiple cancer types and record screening results with smart contracts on blockchain, plans to open a research laboratory in the city of Graz.
Blockchain startup MediBloc has announced a three-year project with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, to help it become one of the first healthcare institutions in the world to leverage blockchain technology for secure and accessible data storage.
BlackBerry, the software company and former maker of an eponymous line of mobile phones, announced Thursday its plans for a new blockchain platform aimed at storing and sharing medical data.
The firm said in a press release that it would use its “carrier-grade network operation center” (NOC) to support the digital ledger, which would be developed by biotech incubator ONEBIO. It would specifically be used to securely store data from patients, labs and monitors.
In an era of hotly contested debates surrounding data ownership, privacy and monetization, one particular piece of data could be said to be the most personal of all: the human genome. While we are 99.9 percent identical in our genetic makeup across the species, the remaining 0.1 percent contains unique variations in code that are thought to influence our predisposition toward certain diseases and even our temperamental biases — a blueprint for how susceptible we are to everything from heart disease and Alzheimer’s to jealousy, recklessness and anxiety.
2018 offered ample examples of how bad actors can wreak havoc with nefarious use of even relatively trivial data. For those concerned to protect this most critical form of identity, blockchain has piqued considerable interest as a powerful alternative to the closed architectures and proprietary exploits of the existing genomics data market — promising in their stead a secure and open protocol for life’s code.
The Taipei Medical University Hospital has rolled out a blockchain-powered platform to improve medical record-keeping, Taipei Times reported August 31.
The so called “Healthcare Blockchain Platform” was reportedly developed in order to support the government’s Hierarchical Medical System policy, improve patient referral services, and integrate individual healthcare networks to enable people to access their medical records in an easier way. To make a request for their records, patients can log in to a password-protected mobile app.
A major U.K.-based online pharmacy has partnered with Stratis to bring the benefits of blockchain to the industry.
UK Meds believe that using the Stratis platform to track patient records will improve security and stop people claiming multiple prescriptions.
The leading U.K. online pharmacy, UK Meds, has signed a deal with public blockchain and smart contract platform firm Stratis.
The company is hoping to create a platform for all U.K.-based online pharmacies to share information about patients and their prescriptions. This should lead to fewer instances of individuals claiming their medication multiple times from different pharmacies.
Blockchain has become a hot topic of discussion these days as it has made its way into a number of industries. From banking, to finance, to infrastructure—blockchain has penetrated every sphere of work. Healthcare is another realm that has found growing demand for the technology. The collaboration of healthcare and blockchain has resulted in interoperability that changes the conventional way of sharing a patient’s healthcare data across entities in the value chain.
The FedEx Institute of Technology has announced its partnership with pharmacy services company Good Shepherd Pharmacy to develop new blockchain-based infrastructure to help cancer patients get medications, news outlet Commercial Appeal reported July 6.