Arguably, the impact of blockchain in the medical healthcare sector all over the globe is being felt. The UK should definitely not be left out of this great technological revolution. Medical tourism has been present for some time now. This makes it not strange to see several countries making use of innovative technology to advance their health needs.
In the United States, as a result of the increasing costs of healthcare, the medical sector has taken practical steps to set up a platform where medics, patients as well as clinics are able to connect all over the world.
In many ways, Medipedia is currently offering a great sense of choice and self-sufficiency, even as it gains traction prior to its token sale which will take place sometime in October. Even as this happens, the National Health Service (NHS-UK) ought to learn a few lessons from Medipedia.
No more long waits
The National Health Service (NHS) is conscious of the fact that connecting with other nations is likely to be less expensive than permitting long wait periods. The struggling state of the health sector means that the ailing have to postpone their treatment due to shortage of medical staff and facilities. This in essence has the effect of complicating their health challenges, which adds to its burdens.
When compared to the United States, the model that is presently being used does not permit for a preference. In the United States for instance, the review sites of surgeons have become widespread, thanks to innovative technology. Using a system like Medipedia, users will be in a position of locating good physicians by making use of the information available on the site, which among others, it comprises of critical issues like accomplishment rates or career advancement.
Blockchain for Affordable care
In as much as there is an indication of progress in the operations of the NHS, it is however doing so at a very slow pace. Even though the organization has been successful in establishing trials with a nation like France, the same has not been executed elsewhere in the world where healthcare is affordable, like Vietnam or Thailand.
As a result of the extra costs being charged for the services, a time has come for patients to be allowed to decide for themselves which health facilities to seek medication from. A portal like Medipedia gives the patients the option to decide for themselves. In this way, they might choose to have a long wait at their places of residence, or pay some money to seek the same services in other countries.
By incorporating a viable system like Medipedia, the NHS would do a good job to its patients since this will permit them to have access to quotes as well as interact with other physicians from the rest of the world. This will result in patients having access to cost effective care as well as a wide range of doctors.
At the moment, the Medipedia platform is being powered by a token named MEP. In case a similar project is utilized, it could generate more revenue for the NHS by permitting advertisements on particular pages, or linking patients with private services.
In 2017, the NHS was greatly affected after its site was tampered with as a result of the ‘WannaCry’ virus, a situation which left hospitals without access to patients’ records. This is where blockchain technology comes in handy, because it could be used in securing the patients’ data, as part of a multilayered system.
By making use of the innovative technology, users can be offered with the information that can assist them ensure the safety of their data. In this way, a large amount of data will only be accessible after an agreement with various parties. Eventually, the control of the data will be in the hands of the data owner.
The subject of confidentiality has been a key issue in the European Union. MHMD aims at executing the pioneer blockchain-based biomedical information system based on the link between biomedical productions, healthcare suppliers as well as individuals.
The MHMD project also hopes to ensure that data is confidential in hospitals available for research and development. This is also effective in motivating citizens to take control of their health information through the use of private accounts. In Sweden, a blockchain initiative known as CareChain has made it possible for users to manage their consent well and meet the terms of the multitude of GDPR codes of practice.
New identity for health tourism
In the United Kingdom, one does not have to look far to see examples of health tourism. Many people in the UK travel to other nations such as Poland for dentistry and Greece for IVF. However, hospitals in the UK have begun offering extra private treatment. In many ways, the innovative technology could transform many features of conventional healthcare if given a responsive interface.