Medicalchain, a blockchain-based medical records platform, has announced a pilot program for the London-based Grove Medical Group. The platform will allow patients to access their records, get medical recommendations and even pay in cryptocurrencies.
The Grove Medical Group is a large organization with 4 GP (general practitioner) services. There are more than 30,000 registered patients. Medicalchain will help these patients gain direct control over their health records and healthcare management.
Medicalchain is powered by Hyperledger, an open source blockchain technology supported by Linux Foundation. Medicalchain will allow healthcare organizations to request access to the digital ledger. It has a partnership with Civic, a blockchain-based identity verification service, to authenticate the identities of the licensed healthcare operators.
The pilot will also give patients access to free wallets, so the patients can control their medical information and services. The platform will also provide free GP consultation through video services. Medicalchain has their own cryptocurrency MedTokens that will be used for transactions.
The Grove Medical Group’s pilot program is a great first step for blockchain in healthcare. It can open new paths for medical services, not only in the UK but all around the world. Especially, the recent cyber attacks like WannaCry has opened up awareness of the cyber vulnerabilities of medical services. City University London, England’s National Health Service, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur have created a consortium to delve into the prevention of cybercrime in the healthcare industry using Blockchain.