Medicalchain uses blockchain technology to create a user-focused electronic health record and maintain a single true version of the user’s data. Medicalchain enables users to give healthcare professionals access to their health data and records interactions with this data in an auditable, transparent and secure way on Medicalchain’s distributed ledger.
Cryptonama interviews Medicalchain CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti to know more about the project as well as finding out his thoughts and insights on Blockchain Technology
First off, why did you decide to use the blockchain in building Medicalchain? What can the blockchain do that other technologies cannot?
It is important for our platform to be ‘future proof’ and we strongly believe that blockchain is the future. Blockchain offers a decentralised trustless system ideal for the sharing and transfer of data and nothing should be more secure than your medical records
Tell us about how you came up with the idea of Medicalchain. Did you face a problem within the healthcare industry or do you think there is a gap in the market for Medicalchain to fill?
I am a practising doctor in the UK and have come across personal situations where patient records have been lost and this has led to cancelled operations unnecessarily. Added to these problems of lost or deleted notes are events such as the WannaCry virus where over 120,000 machines were infected worldwide and crippled the UK hospitals. This inspired me to find a solution to the way we manage medical records and improve upon the way we share this information between patients and doctors to make them more secure.
Now, for a question that you probably get asked a lot: What is the difference between Medicalchain and other EHR solutions in the market?
Medicalchain is not simply a blockchain platform for the storage and utilisation of electronic health records. We have applications to complement the Medicalchain platform in the form of telemedicine consultations and a health data marketplace. The telemedicine application will allow doctors and patients to conduct consultations over a video call with the patient giving the doctor access to their records live during the consultation. This will lead to a more complete and comprehensive consultation. The health data marketplace will allow patients to unlock the value of their health data by giving them the ability to share their records with researchers and health insurers in return for financial incentivisation.
How is sensitive and private data kept secure on Medicalchain?
The health data is stored in the same hospitals and clinics that they have originally and always been stored at worldwide. This is to comply with health data rules and regulations that are fairly similar from country to country. Medicalchain adds an added level of security using blockchain to act as a hash or pointer to where this data is stored. The hashes are kept on the blockchain and managed by multiple nodes worldwide. The nodes will be hospitals, universities and non-profit organisations that will manage this distributed ledger to ensure a trustless system and added security across the network.
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What do you think would convince enterprises and corporations to use Medicalchain instead of other EHR solutions that all of the big boys are using currently?
Medicalchain is not trying to replace current EHR solutions. Instead, these would stay in place with Medicalchain acting as an overarching system to connect all of the patients records from different institutions using different EHRs under one connected system providing the patient and the doctor with one true version of their complete health records.
What has been your happiest moment so far working on Medicalchain?
Building and working with my team.
Is Medicalchain already working with notable businesses or firms? Are there any future partnerships in process?
Our partnerships are listed on our website. We are focussed now on establishing pilot schemes to test out our technology. These are set to be worldwide across family clinics, hospitals and researcher institutions.
What do you think is the biggest challenge or obstacle Medicalchain will face? How do you plan to tackle that challenge?
Scalability will always be a challenge as well as managing different regulations from country to country as well as state to state. It is our responsibility to show how versatile and beneficial our platform will be to the general population and varying healthcare systems in order to spread across different countries.
Can you express one personal opinion of yours about the blockchain? It doesn’t matter if it’s negative or positive, we just want to hear your thoughts on it.
I would like to see more practical uses of blockchain technology that make a real impact on society and benefit the general population. The majority of blockchain companies are focussed on the financial sector which serves a very limited section of our community.
Can you brief us about your team?
An international team made up of nine different nationalities forming a perfect blend of clinicians, developers, engineers and blockchain enthusiasts. Our team members all come with their own personal experiences of healthcare from their respective countries. Together, we aim to empower patients by giving them access to their records in order to have more meaningful interactions with doctors and provide the individual with the tools to be more responsible for their own health.
To know more visit Medicalchain – Electrionic Health Records on Blockchain Technology.