What can be more important than the human health? Modern technologies in every way strive to increase the life expectancy and preserve the health of each of us: probing with the help of nanotechnology, the development of medicines against diseases considered incurable (HIV, oncological diseases), laser surgery and much more. Modern medicine has a significant arsenal in the fight against the numerous ailments that are surrounding us.
However, the modern healthcare system is not only an arena of confrontation between medical personnel and death, but also an outdated bureaucratic mechanism. Potentially as a consumer of medical services, each of us has faced with the problems of obtaining various medical documents — educational institutions, government bodies, specific permits, etc. In the conditions of the information society and overcoming the digital divide, the existing system of document circulation in healthcare bodies can be qualitatively improved.
How? International Science Hub believes that the most vivid example can be “blockchaining” the patient’s medical history — at the moment when changing the medical institution each of us gets a new medical history stored in the archives of this institution. Given the mobility of the population (providing for a change of place of residence and place of providing medical services), each of us owns 5–6 documents of this kind. Optimization of “parallel” case histories leads to a significant reduction in costs, faster information retrieval not only between elements of the health care system (polyclinic-hospital-scientific-medical institute), but also simplification of obtaining various kinds of certificates, permits and licenses.
Because of the features of the distributed registry system, one user can not make adjustments to his own medical history, which implies absolute transparency of the patient before the treating medical institution. In turn, granting access to your own digital medical history for the hospitals is the citizen’s right.
The interaction between the medical institution and the citizen begins from the moment of verification of the patient’s identity by a digital key.
However, the introduction of such into everyday life is a complex process from both an economic and legal point of view. Such a bold decision can be implemented only if there is adequate material and technical equipment of the medical institution, which, unfortunately, involves additional costs at the initial stage of the project.
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