Unit technology Corporation Philips is developing a blockchain-based platform for data exchange between medical institutions. The platform is designed for the secure and anonymous transmission of patient data to research centers and other medical institutes. About this in comments The Next Web said the chief researcher, Philips Research mark Hennessy (Mark Hennessy).
Hennessy describes the development as “the exchange of check data”, which isolates and stores the patient data in encrypted form until needed. All the functionality of the system includes three groups of components: anonymity, querying and providing access to the requested information.
He added that the use of the blockchain will allow you to create a fully traceable register, which will indicate how data were used, who requested the access and for whom these data were open.
Hennessey also talked about prepyatstvij with which Philips Research might face when released to the market. Mainly, a lot depends on the degree of confidence of the management of hospitals and providers to technology:
“For the most part, it all comes down to trust and transparency. You can trust retention of records the change log to a centralized server, but we want to understand whether it is possible to make the network more reliable by decentralizing distribution and storage of log records between its members”.
Despite the expected skepticism, Hennessy also emphasizes that the blockchain will better protect patient data from cyber attacks:
“If there is a dispute, each party concerned may take possession skoordinirovanno independent sections of the magazine, which will allow you to trace real changes, which is preferable to transfer the log to a third party or one member of the network”.
Medical niche blockchain industry is mostly niche startups, but some big companies in addition to Philips, is also engaged in projects in this area. So, in July, FedEx announced the development of the system of delivery of drugs for cancer patients on the basis of the distributed registry.