Anyone who has visited their doctor knows that scheduling an appointment is usually difficult to nail down to a convenient time, and even worse, is the overwhelming paperwork that must be filled out before your appointment time. In almost every case, the office asks the patient to come in at least 15 to 20 minutes early just to fill out paperwork that has already been filled out many times before, but in different offices. This repetitive and wasteful duplication is unnecessary. Since your medical records are stored digitally in electronic format, it should be easy to simply hit a button and send your records to a physician who is seeing you for the first time, but it is not. It can take days or even weeks for the records to be transferred to your new doctor or specialist and in the interim, the patient is asked to waste almost a half hour filling out forms with information that is already on the system.
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.
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.
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.