Taiwan healthcare sector adopts blockchain technology for efficient management. The adoption brings the Taiwan health sector to join the list of countries that have implemented the blockchain for one reason or the other.
Taiwan Health Sector and Blockchain Technology
Taipei University Hospital in Taiwan on the 30th of August launched its blockchain medical platform aimed at improving the referral services and the integration of healthcare network for efficient medical record management.
The blockchain platform is to serve as a one-stop referral and a long-term health care service, supported by the government hierarchical medical system policy.
The project will be tested in partnership with more than 100 community-based clinics. The hospital describes the values the platform will be offering as letting people “have a complete set of all their medical records, including high-resolution medical images, lab results, and clinical and health exam information. With the use of smart contracts, hospitals and clinics can request and authorize patient record sharing easily and securely.”
Chang Shy-shin, the head of the Department of Preventive and Community Medicine, mentioned that the platform would supplement the function of nurses at the counter in referral through people accessing the password-protected app for such request.
Chen Ray-Jade, the Hospital’s superintendent, emphasized that the platform would aid combination of medical records from different hospitals on a decentralized platform. The security features of blockchain platform would guide against breach of medical records as against the centralized medical record keeping.
Notably, it will give doctors a better understanding of the health condition of a referred patient through the medical history made available. This would help with proper treatment and prescription.
Healthcare Sector and The Blockchain
The blockchain technology has been transforming every facet of the human society, which the healthcare sector is inclusive. Blockchain technology adoption into the healthcare sector has seen extensive growth as some European countries have become the early adopter of blockchain for their healthcare sector.
Meanwhile, the United States health sector also joined the race recently as it sought to revamp the burden of centralized medical record keeping.
Centralised medical record keeping is prone to alteration on the system used for keeping the record, and the issues of medical storage filled up to make the system defective.
Apparently, with the decentralized system via blockchain technology, medical record are safe, and can only be updated by authorized persons. This has made the system a haven for the healthcare of countries and the supply chain of their pharmaceutical industry.