Taiwanese hospital launches blockchain platform to address healthcare “pain points”


Blockchain has seen the use-case for currency, humanitarian efforts and a means of efficient and reliable tracking. Now, a hospital in Taiwan has announced that it will be using blockchain technology in a bid to improve record keeping and data handling.

According to local news, Taipei Times, Taipei Medical University Hospital has launched a blockchain platform in order to better features such as patient referral services and also to integrate healthcare networks. The university hospital is hoping that the streamlining process will make it easier for individuals to access to their medical records as well as to offer more efficient services.

The report states that the platform, dubbed the Healthcare Blockchain Platform, has been created “as a one-stop referral and long-term care service in support of the government’s Hierarchical Medical System policy”. According to the hospital, the project will be addressing “common pain points” in healthcare services such as physician referrals, the transfer of data between medical facilities and personal patient networks.

Representatives from the hospital also said that people will “have a complete set of all their medical records, including high-resolution medical images, lab results, and clinical and health exam information” on the platform and that smart contracts will be used so that “hospitals and clinics can request and authorize patient record sharing easily and securely”.

The project has been a cumulative effort with over 100 clinics focused on offering community healthcare investing in the project.

Chang Shy-shin, the head of the Community Medicine, has said that nurses are currently spending time at referral counters to assist individuals who are seeking referrals and that this platform will alleviate that need. Individuals will be able to log in to a mobile app in order to request the referrals themselves.

Furthermore, the platform will aim to offer new security features. The hospital’s superintendent Chen Ray-Jade has stated that the blockchain will integrate extra security features such as the notification of the client and a request for consent before any transfer takes place. Chen said that the “technology would minimize the risk of security breaches, thanks to the decentralized nature of blockchains”.

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