Our society, as a whole, relies on the continued function of the healthcare profession. The global healthcare industry is worth $2 trillion. However, many organisations and staff are dealing with processes that are traditional, manual and even paper-based.
In current times – with global healthcare issues and a pandemic spreading – it’s more important than ever to ensure that medical professionals have the data they need, instantly and with patient consent.
The current healthcare situation
While many healthcare organisations have some form of software implemented, many still use traditional platforms that are outdated, slow and lack security. This mitigates health professionals’ ability to analyse and track data with confidence.
By ensuring that medical professionals have access to the right data, and that this data is securely stored and analysed, we ensure patients’ continued health. This is also important externally, as it ensures that health data distributed is correct and provided by a reliable source.
With blockchain technology, we can control the spread of medical information and prove that it has come from a reputable organisation.
How can we move towards solving the healthcare problem?
By using blockchain, artificial intelligence and other nascent technologies, the healthcare industry can move towards solving data inefficiency. This will transform the way health organisations deal with data.
Artificial intelligence can assist with administrative healthcare by allowing hospital staff to handle growing administrative workloads. Administrative teams can streamline patient flows by using AI to calculate wait times in clinics.
Many healthcare apps also ask preliminary questions that cut down the administrative time spent on patient care. This provides a centralised, secure form of data storage that gives medical practitioners a comprehensive history.
Technology enables the healthcare profession by assisting the development of pharmaceuticals, tracking patient vitals through smart hardware, and providing a centralised place for data to be stored.
A great use case of blockchain technology in healthcare is the storage of patient data. Blockchain is secure, immutable and can transfer information across borders and companies. This is particularly useful in times of crisis or when a patient wants to transfer their data.
With the patient’s consent, professionals can use blockchain to securely transfer patient data between different healthcare organisations. This will allow medical practitioners to access patient data at the click of the button, while also knowing that that data is secure, correct and given with the patient’s permission.
Technology has massive potential across healthcare, and can extend to a myriad of different uses, from diagnostics to patient monitoring. Better technology in healthcare provides medical pracitioners with improved visibility and ultimately saves lives.
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