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Blockchain can be appplied to manage health records, says startup CEO
Mark Tsai, Taipei; Willis Ke, DIGITIMES

Blockchain technology can be applied to manage patients' healthcare records, allowing them to access encrypted data and determine whether to decrypt the data when delivered to home doctors, health councilors or insurance firms for reference, according to Jacob Lee, founder and CEO of Digital Treasury (DTCO).

While information security and data encryption and decryption must be strengthened in the process of digital transformation at hospitals, Lee said, delivery and use of patients' medical records can be better done on a classified authorization basis. He reasoned that hospitals do not have to provide X-ray or computed tomography images of patients if their medical records are needed as reference for purchasing health products.

Lee continued that follow-up tracking of authorized release of medical records must also be carried out thoroughly, as patients may forget, after a long time, who are licensed recipients of their health records. With the tracking practice, Lee said, data integration and management can be better done and patients' autonomy over data can be better safeguarded.

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