The immutability and transparency that characterize Blockchain technology are the amazing features that have caused it to enjoy so much mention and reception in recent times. More to that is how the applicability of the technology is so evident across various sectors of business endeavors; from finance to energy and much more…and of course, snooping into the health sector today.
Over the years, we have seen the healthcare industry evolve rapidly, leveraging emerging technologies to take new shape and ease procedures. AMAZING! Owing to the fact that the healthcare industry deals with tons of sensitive and personal data of patients, extreme thought is given to whatever technology is to be adopted to maintain such standard of trust and exactness, giving no room to compromise.
Interestingly, Blockchain’s forte; Immutability and Transparency are an exciting realization of how the technology can better benefit the health sector. Are you thinking WHAT? WHY? HOW? Not to worry, come on in and let’s explore 2 major use-cases of blockchain technology in the healthcare sector.
SECURING PATIENT DATA.
Effecting data security is becoming very important for the healthcare sectors especially with the overwhelming disruption it has witnessed since the outbreak of the covid19. Here’s one exciting way blockchain technology would come in handy; it is less likely to be corrupted and it offers an immutable distributed ledger system that makes every data stored in it tamper-proof.
BREAKTHROUGH IN GENOMICS.
“I am convinced that I am the only one who has the right to own the information about my genome, it’s like the right to express my thoughts, the right to choose a job or religion. This is one of the basic human rights to dispose of our body and mind in the way we want,”. –Alexey Gorbachev.
Genomics is the study of gene, functions and their inter-relationship in order to identify their combined influence on the growth and development of an organism; one of the answers to the future of human health. Blockchain being a safe-house can be a safe-haven for encrypting millions and billions of data points/ genetic information. In Africa, healthcare outfits have adopted computerized methods of handling patient’s data. Yet, the limitations might not stand the test of time neither can it stand the test of transparency.
Click here to read up real-life applications from Nebula Genomics: https://nebula.org/whole-genome-sequencing-dna-test/
There is room to anticipate more exciting ways this technology can ease the process of healthcare.
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