Data blocking technology, better-known as blockchain, has the potential to generate radical health care changes where the patient is in the first place. This technology enhances the safety and interoperability of health data and sets up a new model for the exchange of health information by creating electronic medical records that are more effective and interactive. Although data blocks are not a solution for all, new areas of development show the potential for experimenting, investing and testing the concept of this new technology.
How does it work?
The blockchain is a constantly growing list of records called blocks that are linked and protected by cryptography. At the core, data blocks are a network-linked system of records of prior information blocks and transaction data for these blocks. The technology is based on cryptographic methods that allow each participant in the block-exchange process to store, exchange or view information about them, without the need to trust other participants. This technology does not have a centralized system, instead, transactions are stored and distributed over the network to all participants. When a transaction occurs, all participants are informed of it and their confirmation is required before the transaction information is added to the blocks. This eliminates the need for mutual trust among the participants on the network, while the unambiguous audit trail of all interactions is recorded. Only updating of future records is permitted, which allows the system to be (relatively) safe and therefore reliable. This also means that the entire chain can act as a secure book.
Now, we can learn about interesting events in the entrepreneurial Wellness Camp. The medical staff, who monitored the participants’ life habits, made key mistakes in recording their observations. A good example was the height of one of the participants, which was recorded as 147 centimeters instead of 157.
Thus, the participant recorded in his record as too thick. Similarly, it happened with another participant who incorrectly recorded blood pressure data. Despite the fact that the staff of both faults abolished, we were left with the question of how many similar errors are occurring every day in the healthcare system and what their consequences can be. In addition to preventing such errors, the data block system could allow for the long-term preservation of medical data and could also provide guidance to healthcare providers that collect this data. Experiences from other countries are similar. US-based health organizations have spent about 93 billion dollars over the last five years alone for data sharing costs.
Are you surprised?
It is necessary to recognize that medical databases can be very complex – partly because of the non-linear nature of diagnosis and treatment, as well as because of different health standards in different regions of the world. Likewise, the availability and exchange of medical information may be limited by the laws on the protection of private data and other related laws. In many countries, the patient does not have complete access to his own medical records.
This year, police in Italy carried out an attack on a house and a laboratory of a married couple who are in the same time scientists. Police confiscated all digital equipment owned by these nano pathologists. They took computers, laptops, and disks, and they also took al the research and work. Because these two scientists, they both tried to make nanoparticles that could contaminate the vaccines. They touched the forbidden key of medical science. They went to the zone of the ban on the commission of the alleged crime of scientific discovery and research.
They found contamination in the vaccines selected at random, so basically these two doctors discovered something that no one before them knew: The vaccines contained not only inorganic chemicals, there was also tungsten, stainless steel, copper, other rare elements and metals and that should not be Injected into pregnant women, fetuses, newborns, infants and young children who are still developing their lungs, nervous and immune system.
When these two scientists in 2017 published all of their research and findings, the next logical step for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization would be to open research into their demands by engaging independent professional scientists to perform their laboratory tests and confirm or reject results. If confirmed, health agencies should receive new policies in order to make the whole chain of supply of the vaccine safer and to carry out strict controls and quality check programs.
What really happened?
Nothing happened. For the authorities, it was way cheaper to just attack these two scientists and doctors than to disturb a whole corruptive run-on-money story that focuses on politicians. In fact, controls have led to improved safety in the automotive and tobacco industry. But there was none of this for the safety of the vaccines. Why? Because so-called health care keeps up with Big Pharma and their mainstream medication, so the vaccine is now one big taboo. The media will simply not investigate any bad and negative stories about the vaccine.
What can you do to bring transparency in the world of medicine and in the production of a vaccine dominated by Big Pharma, with agencies from a government that does not deal with real people’s problems and media that broke public debate and a right of free speech?
The best answer is: blockchain technology
Blockchain medicine projects
There are several healthcare projects launched by the blockchain technology. They are mostly industrial-oriented and do not really deal with individuals at all. The question is – why doctors, hospitals, and dentists have access to every healthcare record from all their patients in separate databases, but the people who gave this information have absolutely no access?
One Norwegian company is developing a software and healthcare blockchain platform for the USA. The same Norwegian company is doing it for the European Commission. However, it was emphasized that these were two different platforms.
Many scientists, doctors and other people involved in the healthcare system see the great potential of blockchain technology in this field. Not only would it be desirable to pay with cryptocurrencies during a medical intervention, there are other things as well. If a patient record is written and stored as a blockchain, it would not only prevent errors in the records but will allow better patient monitoring throughout his life.
This means that medicines, surgeries, and other interventions would be more suitable for each person. Not only that this blockchain technology would ensure that every person gets exactly the same professional treatment from every doctor they see, but that would happen not just in the same hospital, or in the same city, but also in the same state as their data and history of health would be available to every doctor. But the story is even wider. Such data would be available to the patient. And all that in a fully protected and safe manner. The patient would have complete insight into his state of health and the history of the disease, but also the whole medical history of his life. This system reduces errors in treatment at zero. This system is fair because every doctor can treat you completely according to you. This system is good because it gives you the opportunity to fully access it, as it should be – because it’s about you. The best treatment wherever you go, but completely safe as explained in our other blog posts.
How can we make that happen?
A large number of scientists, professors, doctors and other professionals from all over the world lead this debate and the development of blockchain technology in a direction that is suitable for use in medicine. For example, there are numerous conferences dedicated to this. AdvaMed 2016 was the leading MedTech Conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking. An event rich in international flavor and featuring a deep, diverse attendee list that includes influential policy-makers, business executives, and media, AdvaMed 2016 had a purpose to advance industry discussion from key perspectives through detailed panel sessions, executive forums and more. It was a “must-attend” event for any MedTech company.
Currently, numerous healthcare pilot projects are dealing with data technology. One of the most advanced countries in the implementation of blockchain technology is Estonia, which already uses data blocks for the provision of local government and services. They also plan to have access to medical information through all data blocks for all its citizens. 2016, Estonia has digitized all medical records and this is one of the key first steps towards the implementation of data blocks in the future.
The best is yet to come
Trough conferences like that the medical future is bright and safe. The goal is healthier life and improvement of medical technology. These conferences gather all innovators and companies that are connected to this subject. This is also about diagnostic products, medical devices, health information systems. Such a debate raises ethical standards and stimulates growth and the development of medicine.The future is here and it is time we all get involved in shaping that future in a way that will be highly professional, revolutionary, liberating and safe.
The use of Blockchain technology is very wide, and with its help, many questions that may sound utopian can be answered. By using this technology, the bureaucratic apparatus could be drastically reduced. Transfer money without intermediaries, without limitation, in real time and without additional costs. All this can incredibly affect the development of the global economy and even civilization as a whole. The introduction of such a system could be a huge blow to business malversations, corruption, criminal and political influences… It sounds like a fairytale.
But we know that in the stories of a bright future, there is always a famous “but”, without which it is practically impossible to tell the whole story. It is hard to believe that current carriers will be able to give up leverage that they hold in their hands so easily. We will see how the bankers will try to retain the profits they are now having, in which way the owners of large capital, state and politicians will try to keep the positions they have gained since history is known to be not smooth. The world in which the passport or any document is removed for free, where jobs are settled without waiting in line or where it is possible to send money to another person without any commissions, can sound like utopia, but thanks to Blockchain it is practically possible. We still have to wait for a certain amount of time until the system comes to life.
What is bad with this idea
One of the negatives of the Blokcejna idea and its realization is connected with the high consumption of electricity caused by miners. The future of mankind will move towards rational energy consumption, and a more efficient way of carrying out verification tasks will have to be designed. One of the guidelines for the new approach was defined last year by Vitalik Buterin, the younger director in Blockchain’s world of famous Ethereum, which proposes a new approach to mining called Proof-of-stake, instead of the standard Proof-of-work, which would greatly reduce the need for systemic resources.
When we already mentioned him, he met with Russian President Putin at economic forum in St. Petersburg, and they with cooperation agreed on an open possibility for the introduction of the Ethereum platform and parallel development of Russian money as cryptocurrency, which would have a positive impact on the development of the economy in that country . The director of the largest Russian bank Sberbank, Herman Gref, said that it is necessary to wait for another 18 months to get the conditions for implementing the Blockchain project until all infrastructure issues are resolved. Another potential problem in the implementation may be related to the low bandwidth of the Blockchain network, as is currently the case with Bitcoin, where it is sometimes necessary to wait for several hours in order to get a confirmation of the transfer. This is, however, a consequence of the not very happy solution of the Bitcoin network, and we believe that similar networks in the future will have fewer problems.