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Medical records on the blockchain - a real need yet few takers
« on: September 18, 2017, 09:19:35 AM »
One of the areas where a decentralized crypto company would make sense is to tackle the problem of medical records management and access.   Right now there are over 26 different kinds of medical records management software that is used by various private medical practices, hospitals, clinics, medicare etc. 

So for instance...If you're in California and have an accident that requires your local doctor or hospital to access your records from your home state, say in New Jersey, it's a slow and monotonous process of having your NJ based doctor pulling records and having to manually fax them to wherever you're at.   What happens if their office is closed or the doctor can't be reached? 

Same thing goes with dental records.  How many times has someone moved to a different state and had to have another set of xrays of their teeth taken that they just had taken a few weeks before at a different office...or even just across town.   Having easy access to medical records of all kinds would lessen repeated procedures unnecessarily saving cost, time and unnecessary exposure to xrays etc.  Same goes with MRIs and other types of procedures let alone the medical history of an individual patient which needs to be known by a treating doctor in another location.

The only company I know right now trying to tackle this is a company called Patientory.  But some research in the company makes it seem like they don't have all their ducks in a row.   Graduates of MIT have worked on a system called MEDREC and have published a paper about it showing one way of going about the medical records storage and access problem but it has gotten criticized as possibly being too easy for hackers to access patient's records unauthorized.   Here is a link to an article about MIT's work:  https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608821/who-will-build-the-health-care-blockchain/

There have been endless articles discussing the dire need for a decentralized medical records management and access system.  As a multi-billion dollar industry you would think someone would step up to the plate.  So far with all the talk and dreams however it seems few with the right credentials and funding have taken on the task.  So who will?
« Last Edit: September 18, 2017, 09:21:24 AM by Babyfacemagee »
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