Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has partnered with blockchain startup MediBloc to explore blockchain technology for secure and accessible data storage.
MGH is the third oldest general hospital in the United States and the largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. It conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the world, with an annual research budget of more than $900 million.
Based in South Korea, MediBloc is a decentralized healthcare information ecosystem for patients, healthcare providers and data researchers, built on blockchain technology. It has designed an interoperable healthcare data system that empowers patients to own and gather their own health data. The platform can be used by healthcare professionals and other stakeholders in building a variety of health-related applications and services.
Under the partnership, MGH will work with MediBloc to enhance their electronic health record (EHR) systems focusing on building a standardized data exchange to enable seamless health data sharing. The MediBloc platform is expected to enable better data security and interoperability of personal health information (PHI) between MGH and other hospitals and clinics. Once developed, patients will be granted much easier access to their PHI and will retain sovereignty over their medical data.
“In collaboration with Medibloc, we aim to explore potentials of blockchain technology to provide secure solutions for health information exchange, integrate healthcare AI applications into the day-to-day clinical workflow, and support [a] data sharing and labeling platform for machine learning model development,” said Synho Do, director of the Laboratory of Medical Imaging and Computation, a joint venture of MGH and Harvard Medical School.
MediBloc said that MGH’s role in the collaboration will provide an important benchmark for improving the security and accessibility of medical data in the industry.
“MGH will become one of the first institutions to leverage blockchain technology for secure and accessible data storage across multiple EHR systems, leading to more comprehensive patient profiles,” MediBloc said. “Easier access to targeted healthcare data in a standardized interface benefits researchers, healthcare providers, and patients alike.”
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