The Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus is all set to deploy a blockchain-based medical data management system built on top of the blockchain tracking platform VeChain in association with I-Dante, a digital healthcare solution provider.
The medical data management platform would be called ‘The E-NewHealthLife.’ The Cyprus hospital, which is set to deploy the DLT-based system, currently has 300 employees and recorded 38,000 patient visits last year.
The need for a DLT-based data management system arose due to inefficiencies caused by an outdated technology infrastructure.
The first phase rollout of the data management system will be for the emergency department of the Cyprus hospital, allowing patients to check waiting lists and manage their medical records from their mobile phones.
VeChain claimed that the new data management system would eliminate middlemen and make it easy for patients to directly connect with the hospital. The firm said:
“Instead of relying on health information exchanges or other ways to aggregate data,” the platform is capable of “eliminating the middleman and accessing patient databases on a large, population scale.”
The Difficulty in Managing Medical Data Led to DLT-Based System
In its announcement, VeChain noted that managing medical data records which included administrative and technical difficulties in pooling data from various record systems and departments led them to turn to blockchain for a solution.
The problem is that a single Hospital with multiple departments can have multiple data management systems with no interoperability amongst them. This makes them increasingly difficult to manage as a means of record storage, and highly vulnerable. VeChain claims that blockchain is perfectly suited to these needs as it is an immutable system.
VeChain believes the DLT medical data management system would not only eliminate unnecessary hurdles created by old-age tech, but also ensure patient privacy; where a patient can decide who can check their medical record and how that medical record is being used.
This is not the first occasion where VeChain is involved with a blockchain-based data management system in the medical field.
Earlier the blockchain tracking platform deployed its DLT system to track the authenticity of KN95 masks coming from China into the United States, amid many cases of flawed batches of medical goods arriving from China.
Not just VeChain, blockchain, in general, has seen a great surge in demand in various fields and firms associated with COVID-19 relief, be it IBM’s blockchain architecture being utilized to develop a coronavirus hotspot tracing system or many other medical supply tracking systems.