The system created jointly between Bitfury and Longenesis will allow the management of information related to organizing valuable data for medical research

In a recent press note sent to different media, on Thursday, April 4th, it was announced that the startup Bitfury, a diversified blockchain company, partnered with Longenesis, a medical data market powered by blockchain, to develop a system that allows the management of medical information using a blockchain platform.

According to data offered in the press release, this tool is aimed at solving documentation and information management problems with the consent of patients for medical research, as well as the collection of vital information for future discoveries and clinical solutions. This must be done under the express compliance of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The document shows that once the information has been collected, it is recorded in the blockchain system of ExonumTM, which will audit the information. It means that the system can be used as a method for the handling of information and as a complementary alternative together with the digital systems usually used.

In this regard, the CEO of Insilico Medicine, Inc., Alex Zhavoronkov, said: “Although regulations vary from country to country, research organizations should work to deploy content management systems that protect the owners of information better than any other regulation. At the same time, consent procedures must be quick, cost-effective, parsimonious and universal to ensure that patients are fully protected and educated”.

About more advances of Bitfury in the health system, last February the company would have made an important alliance with Medical Diagnostic Web (MDW), in order to assemble an entire system for the medical industry based on blockchain technology. Along with this recent launch, the three companies seek to create a platform to ensure, maintain and share relevant medical information, such as diagnostics, pharmacological discoveries, among others.

This is not the first proposal to use blockchain technology in the medical industry. Previously, academics and experts from the University of California, San Francisco, the United States of America, also proposed a method to share hospital information, using a blockchain platform. This allows storing the data and preventing the modification or falsification of vital information.

On the other hand, some organizations in the world actually are interested in using more concrete blockchain technology to improve sanitary safety processes, using a platform that handles information with electronic tools in a faster way.

In March, the Seoul Medical Center, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology of South Korea, created the “Smart Hospital” project, whose objective is to improve the reliability of medical data and decrease the information processing time in the hospital, improving the flow of internal information of the health center.

Probably, in the near future, there will be more projects and companies interested in using blockchain technology to improve the speed of medical information storage process.

By María Victoria Rodríguez


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