In developing countries, vulnerable populations are in dire need of a tamper-resistant network, which allows participants to control access to medications, care or information. When one goes to a doctor in Mexico, one will probably be prescribed a medication on a piece of paper. This paper can be forged, and its sensitive data be stolen or commercialized for market research without a patient’s consent. Furthermore, since patients are often treated by many rotating doctors, it is difficult to make relevant and accurate clinical information readily available to many doctors and providers.
Blockchain’s novel approach on data ownership and system level governance provides a guarantee to patients that no strangers will view or profit from their clinical information without their consent.
So far, healthcare data has mostly been managed by a centralized database model, where a single administrator has complete access and control over the data stored in private servers. Such technologies are vulnerable to many attack vectors, and often lack little transparency over how data is handled or commercialized. On these two fronts, blockchain offers a novel improvement.
Our blockchain protocol is, by design: encrypted, immutable, decentralized and transparent. This empowers citizens to handle their data themselves, and create adequate channels for expansion that cannot be controlled by stakeholders.