Project

MedRec

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Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were never designed to manage the complexities of multi-institutional, lifetime medical records. As patients move between providers, their data becomes scattered across different organisations, losing easy access to past records. As providers — not patients — are the primary stewards of EHRs, patients face significant hurdles in viewing their reports and correcting erroneous data. This also forms an interoperability challenge between different provider and hospital systems, where IT providers can charge exorbitant prices for data exchange interfaces, as “information blocking” is economically incentivised.

Medrec proposes a system that prioritises patient agency, giving a transparent and accessible view of medical history. Most importantly, patients must be assured that their records (and the metadata associated with them) remain fully confidential, to retain trust and continued participation in the medical system. The blockchain provides the means for this — as a ‘trustless’ model for storing transactions.

For a full overview, technical documentation and updates about the project, visit the project's website.

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) were never designed to manage the complexities of multi-institutional, lifetime medical records. As patients move between providers, their data becomes scattered across different organisations, losing easy access to past records. As providers — not patients — are the primary stewards of EHRs, patients face significant hurdles in viewing their reports and correcting erroneous data. This also forms an interoperability challenge between different provider and hospital systems, where IT providers can charge exorbitant prices for data exchange interfaces, as “information blocking” is economically incentivised.

Medrec proposes a system that prioritises patient agency, giving a transparent and accessible view of medical history. Most importantly, patients must be assured that their records (and the metadata associated with them) remain fully confidential, to retain trust and continued participation in the medical system. The blockchain provides the means for this — as a ‘trustless’ model for storing transactions.

For a full overview, technical documentation and updates about the project, visit the project's website.