Here is the proposal of theUniversity of California to save and share clinical data on a Blockchain. To make clinical data more transparent, reliable and traceable, a group of American researchers has created a system that manages and optimizes the flow of patient clinical data. The research results were published in the journal Nature. Let's find out the details.
Clinical data on the Blockchain: the study by the University of California
The trial foresees that patients and researchers interact through a web portal to communicate their clinical data.
Once collected, clinical data is entered into a program and hashed thanks to theSHA256 algorithm.
If the user needs to communicate updates, the program puts them in the queue, updating them with new transactions.
La blockchain technology it is not new to the environment in the healthcare sector. Recently, the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim has collaborated with IBM, which manages this technology.
Obviously the purpose of the project, in addition to computerizing the clinical information of the patients, is to lower costs and reduce the time spent with the old obsolete system, coming to improve service quality, security and integrity of information.
Another big giant that converted data management to blockchain was Medicalchain, which tested the system.
Goodbye to medical records, registers and paperwork: everything is recorded electronically. Each insider can work by sharing all the clinical information of the patients, from the doctor, to the nurse, to the pharmacist, creating a more cohesive and efficient health system.
Thanks to personalized access, useful and always up-to-date information can be transcribed to resolve any clinical pathologies of the various patients in the best and fastest way.
Subsequently, it was also decided to take advantage of the method of giving advice to patients, who thanks to the use of dedicated apps, will be able to receive clinical suggestions, diets or specific treatments tailored to their needs.
It will also be possible to keep the data relating to your clinical history by purchasing it directly on the distributed device.
Obviously the patient privacy will be meticulously guaranteed. Furthermore, thanks to Blockchain technology, a trace of the various transactions performed will remain.
In conclusion, in a world now focused on digital transformation, we can easily predict that the efficiency and precision of blockchain technology will enter any sector and not just that of cryptocurrencies.