Blockchain Is Bringing A New Horizon To The Health Care System
An amazing milestone in the health sector was witnessed when different healthcare institutions adopted the Electronic Health Records System. This development led a more efficient delivery of the records of patients.
Electronic health records are considered as a vital and crucial development in the health industry as it aims to improve the value of health care. It made existing data more accessible by other health institutions but still remains to be secured, keeping confidentiality as its top priority.
Now that we have the blockchain technology in our midst, the Electronic Health Records will once again witness further medication.
HEALTHHEART: BRINGING SECURITY, USABILITY, AND SCALABILITY TO ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS (EHRS)
Chicago, Illinois-based HealthHeart aims to transform the management and security of electronic health records through its innovative blockchain-based EHR.
THE PROBLEM WITH EHRS TODAY
In the United States alone over 96% of hospitals and 87% of office-based physicians use some form of EHR (Electronic Health Record) system. Despite this widespread adoption, most healthcare providers are unhappy with these systems. The most common challenges being reported include:
Healthcare providers report that current EHRs are cumbersome, poorly organized, and often have a steep learning curve;
With a single medical record often fetching as much as $500 on the black market, data breaches are a mounting concern. In fact, according to the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, there have been more than 200 data breaches in 2017 so far;
Depending on the type of license (perpetual or recurring), costs can easily run to the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more per year, not counting hardware costs, support, storage, and other associated ‘hidden costs’.
So why haven’t these challenges been addressed? Simple. With so few competitors in the market space, there is no real motivation for EHRs to improve their software. Healthcare providers simply haven’t had any options.
HealthHeart is the first EHR developed by veterans of both the EHR and network security industries that is designed from the ground-up with security and scalability in mind. Built on the Ethereum blockchain, HealthHeart ensures that the data integrity of patient records and provider communications is maintained.
In addition, HealthHeart is also the only EHR to have a Medical Advisory Board of active certified medical practitioners providing input on design and workflows. The end-result is a secure, intuitive, and user-friendly system tailored to the needs of small- to mid-size medical practices and hospitals.