Healthcare in recent times has become more data-intensive, with enormous amounts of data being generated by studies and tests, accessed around the world in databases, and disseminated among research specialists in the pursuit of understanding and knowledge, with the consent of those concerned. Data must also be shared among institutions, such as general practitioners, surgeons and caregivers to ensure the right kind of care is provided to each patient.
However, storing and disseminating such a large amount of data comes with challenges, primarily regarding the privacy and security of sensitive information. Safe and secure data sharing and storage is of the utmost importance, especially as hacks and breaches of systems are becoming more common due to the advancement of technology and its increasing availability.
Smooth And Secure Data Exchange
Tele-medicine (the use of information technology to deliver healthcare services form a distance, such as consultations and general assessments) and e-health (the digital communication of health-related services such as health education, research and general healthcare) allow patient data to be sent between healthcare professionals and to patients for a variety of reasons.
With these two channels, patient data can be transferred, real-time health information of patients can be monitored, and individuals can even be diagnosed remotely by experts. Clinical data can also be exchanged to ensure the right treatment is delivered among healthcare professionals.
The security and privacy of this sensitive data is becoming increasingly challenged in today’s globalized and technology-driven world, with hackers the primary threat. Thus, being able to exchange data securely and store it without risk to its integrity is imperative.
The exchange of this data necessitates a collaborative effort between all institutions, researchers, healthcare professionals and caregivers built on trust and through a system which upholds data integrity by its very nature and functionality. Hence, in recent years, there has been an increasing interest in utilizing private blockchain technology for the delivery and storage of sensitive data in this field.
Private blockchain technology, with permission-based access, strict control of activities, comprehensive storage of history within the network and encrypted information have made it very attractive to the medical community due to its need to distribute, share, secure and store data safely and efficiently.