Aretaeio Hospital, which is based in Nicosia, Cyprus, announced on January 8, 2020, that it would integrate a blockchain-based lab testing service into its operation. The benefit of using the service is that it gives patients total control of their medical data. Aretaeio is one of the biggest private hospitals in Cyprus.
To create its blockchain-based medical data platform, the hospital collaborated with the VeChain blockchain ecosystem and I-Dante, a medical data management platform based in Limassol. The healthcare record system is called E-HCert. It represents a new step in interoperability that connects doctors, patients, and the hospital’s administration securely. All records are immutable and comply with best-practice standards for the handling of healthcare data.
How the Platform Works
Once a patient takes a test, the results will be uploaded to the E-HCert application as well as the VeChainThor blockchain. A patient can then securely access the E-HCert wallet using private credentials that are sent to the patient once they register for the app at the hospital.
The main benefit is that patients can access data faster than with traditional methods. In the traditional format, once the lab completes its tests, the results have to be converted into a suitable form, which is usually snail mail and sent to the patient.
With the VeChainThor-based solutions, patients can gain immediate access to the data after the tests are complete. It allows patients to prove their health status. A patient will have full control of the data in the wallet. They can give access to whomever they wish and revoke it as soon as they wish. With the new system, a patient can share information with one doctor while ensuring other doctors in the system cannot access it.
There is a blockchain-based web portal where doctors can request the medical data of a patient. The result is that it ensures fast-paced access to data when needed, unlike the current system. Aretaeio’s new platform complies with all GDPR standards, which are designed to ensure patients retain full control of their data.
Patients can grant access to government agencies, employers, and other parties at will. The integration of the blockchain ensures that only verified data can be fed into the system. Additionally, the use of the blockchain helps to reduce the risk of data being leaked to hackers.
The solution was first used at The Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus between June and August 2020. During the period, over 8000 people used the platform. Those who used the system were provided with a blockchain-based digital certificate that confirmed their status. The certification could be easily accessed via the E-HCert application.
The benefit of the E-HCert is that it provides interoperability, traceability, immutability, and compliance with GDPR standards via the VeChainThor blockchain.
The hospital used the app for COVID19 RT-PCT test results. Once patients took the test at the Cyprus International Airport, results were sent to them immediately they were ready. The Mediterranean Hospital of Cyprus said that the use of digital certificates would play an important role in the digitization of the healthcare industry.
Use in COVID19 Vaccine Certification
Besides being used to certify test results for COVID19, the system can be used to certify that a patient has received the COVID19 vaccine. Aretaeio Hospital is already using the system to certify Pfizer-BioNtech vaccination for COVID19. Once a person takes the vaccine, they will receive a certificate via the E-HCert application. All medical staff and doctors at Aretaeio Hospital who have received the vaccine have already received a certificate via the E-HCert app.
The hospital plans to launch the app for the general public at the end of January 2021. Once a patient gets the vaccine, they will receive a certificate via the mobile app. The results will be secured using the VeChainThor blockchain, which ensures they are authentic. Aretaeio Hospital projects that the app will serve over 100,000 patients annually.
Author : CryptoNewsCy