By Gelyka Ruth Dumaraos
Start-up tech company Medixserve envisions a better healthcare ecosystem sans the paper-based medical records through blockchain technology.
MediXserve provides products which are universal and controllable interoperability for all participating elements of the healthcare ecosystem, which can be a solution to the endless bringing of hard-copy diagnostic results.
“Using blockchain technology, we intend to create permanent immutable trackable medical histories for patients that will empower health companies/providers,” Jojy Azurin, Medixserve’s founder and CEO says.
Though smart phones have apps where one can show laboratory results to their doctors, it is still a concern that the doctor’s copy of the patients’ records (usually kept inside folders) remains incomplete — unless the patient diligently prints a hardcopy of every related medical history, physical examination result, physician order, laboratory report, and consultation report done on him in every hospital he went to.
According to Medixserve, blockchain, a technology known for its distributed and shared ledger approach, has the potential to solve some of the issues in electronic health records (HER). It is built on the principle of interoperability. Thus, it welcomes interaction among different groups or enterprises and institutions (consortiums, in short) to collaborate in a secured ecosystem.
Azurin said that in their interaction in a private blockchain, all the members of the ecosystem (institutions, businesses, healthcare professionals, and patients) transact but are always required by the technology to agree on one record of truth. This is all about reaching a consensus.
Acceptance of blockchain and its role in business might be nearer than what most think.
Statistics show that by 2020, 25 percent of blockchainenabled health systems will be commercially deployed while production proof of blockchain as a test case will rise from 35 percent from 2017 to 45 percent in 2020.
Nov 2018 Health and Lifestyle