As patients are bombarded with more choice and information than ever, the burdened health system seems to lack the appropriate support to manage increasing demands for personalized and convenient care. Today's infographic comes to us from Publicis Health, and it demonstrates how electronic health records are an important piece in the puzzle to improve experiences for patients and providers alike. As it stands, the current healthcare industry faces several challenges. Patients today have more complex needs and wants, while physicians are struggling to keep up. Adding to these challenges, the healthcare industry is grappling with significant amounts of technological change, while also trying to keep costs in check.
Who cares more about my health than I do? Who has more right to hold my medical records than I do? I should have a simple app that contains all my medical and health records, whether generated by me, a doctor's office or a hospital. I should be able to have that data encrypted and backed up to the cloud, from which I should be able to access it myself or grant access to it by others. It should be easy for me to get the records concerning me from any medical facility I visit - including fancy stuff like MRI's.
Generally, when one thinks of blockchain the first thing that comes to mind is cryptocurrency. And this has hitherto been the best executed and most quickly adopted implementation of the blockchain. So, you might be forgiven. However, the fact that it has found the great majority of its success in one field does not preclude the fact that it might be even better adapted for another.
A hacker claims to be selling 655,000 alleged patient healthcare records on the dark web, containing information such as social security numbers, addresses, and insurance details. The news was first reported by Deep Dot Web Saturday. A hacker who goes by the name'thedarkoverlord' gave Deep Dot Web images of purported records. Identifiable information from the records was redacted "so the target company can remain anonymous for now," the hacker told Deep Dot Web. The databases are said to be from three different healthcare organizations and are being sold for between around 100,000 and 395,000, Deep Dot Web reports.