du, NMC Healthcare to transform Electronic Health Records with Blockchain
The application of Blockchain technology to Electronic Health Records will benefit in the management of patient information within UAE
UAE telecom du and NMC Healthcare will revamp Electronic Health Records (EHR) by adding a layer of security with the use of Blockchain technology.
Together, EHR and Blockchain technology, will prove to be beneficial as Blockchain will bring data integrity, security and the trust to allow sensitive patient information flow between health providers and the patient.
With this transformation, NMC Healthcare will be able to securely record, store and retrieve the medical health records, which will in effect provide patients with smoother and securer interactions.
Carlos Domingo, chief new business & innovation officer at du, said: "Today, majority of health records are on paper such as blood test reports, x-rays, etc. Most hospitals don't have shared access of patients' records which is inconvenient to the patient and time consuming at the end for the doctor or the care giver.
"By digitising all health records, and putting them in Blockchain technology, data can be shared and distributed across all hospitals. We are looking at fully digitising the health system with Blockchain technology to assure data integrity with zero error and guarantee end to end accountability of the patients' records."
Dr. B.R. Shetty, founder and CEO of NMC Healthcare, said: "We believe the results of this initiative shall improve our patients' data management processes, reduce administrative costs and also help us in serving our patients in a further effective manner with accurate information for better diagnosis and treatment."
Blockchain technology will be provided through du's partnership with Guardtime, a company that implemented Blockchain Technology in Estonia.