Is Blockchain Technology The Way To Go For NHS Data Services In The UK? Nearly 90% Said This
Health data around the world is a resource wanted by many, but accessed by a few. One of the top organizations tasked in collecting and researching on patient’s data in the United Kingdom, is the National Health Service (NHS). In a report by You Gov, a data research company, that involved 2081 adult patients in the U.K., over 85% of the sample does not support the idea of sharing the data with big tech firms as they don’t trust them.
You Gov Survey: “Only 13% of U.K. Citizens Trust Multinational Tech Firms With Personal Data”
The survey carried out earlier in the year further states that 70% of the people interviewed agreed that the sharing of data across health care facilities and other institutions could boost the overall healthcare and the development of better treatment services. However, the number remains relatively the same when it comes to the question of who should have access to this data. Seven of ten people said they feel comfortable with the data being used in universities, healthcare facilities and regulated companies within the U.K. only.
The use of anonymized patient data for medical research is heavily supported by the research and with new technologies taking charge, personal healthcare is set to be revolutionized in the near future. The Chief executive of the Patient’s Association, Rachel Power called for the data to be secured and kept from malicious hands explaining,
“There is also widespread support for data to be safeguarded and analyzed in the UK – and the Patients Association agrees that data should be used only for research purposes, and never accessed or used inappropriately.”
The research reveals that 87% of the people do not trust big institutions in the tech industry from the research data provided by NHS. A further 76% say that the NHS data should not be shared with other countries, especially those with different data privacy laws to the U.K.
Blockchain Technology As A Trustless Solution
Such big trust issues are taking root as data continues to be the most valuable commodity across the planet. However, the introduction of blockchain technologies provides a trustless platform to solve these issues related to the health industry data.
A number of experts in the industry have come out publicly asking the governments application of blockchain. Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE proposed that the implementation of blockchain will make the government organizations more secure, efficient and increase the trust of patients across the board.
Several companies are currently testing blockchain technology for log in purposes and encryption on their systems. However, blockchain technology offers much more than logging in and security. It allows users to decentralize their data, protects the data from manipulation and further induces trust amongst the participants in the system.
Is Blockchain The Way To Go For NHS?
The blockchain field is still in its early stages of growth but shows great potential in creating efficient systems of data mining and collection. The problem that the NHS is facing while sharing their patient’s data is – trust.
Blockchain technology in the health industry (Myth Busting)
Patients need assurance that the data they share is anonymous, used for research and not maliciously handled. Blockchains offer a perfect solution as it allows users to verify the transactions made on the system hence providing a trustworthy system. However, the decision to upgrade to this new technological system remains to the NHS and we will be keen to follow any developments on the issue.
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