Youth Turning to Apps for Mental Health Needs.

Youth Turning to Apps for Mental Health Needs.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2014, a total of 6,122 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 10 and older (10.8 deaths per 100,000 population), with suicide being the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years of age. This equates to approximately one death every two hours, with around 75% of these being male.

Suicide is not a mental illness in itself, but rather a desperate attempt to control the overwhelming symptoms of the underlying mental health disease; making it the ultimate consequence for many mental illnesses. The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey found that young people aged 16–24 were more likely to report suicidal thoughts than any other age group, with females in this age group having the highest levels of suicidal thoughts than any other demographic.

It is easy to rattle off a long list of statistics to prove a point, but there is a greater issue involved here, 72% of people who died from suicide between 2002 and 2012 had not contacted their GP or a healthcare professional about these feelings in the year leading up to the event.

There are a multitude of reasons to why patients are not reaching out for help. Severe depression and anxiety can make simple tasks such as going outside or calling your doctor too difficult. Simple everyday processes become a barrier to accessing help. It may be difficult to get access to a GP or a Doctor they trust, they may lack faith in the system to help them or are poorly informed about the help available, and the general stigma associated with mental health.

Although society and the media is trying very hard to change perceptions of mental health and the stigma associated with it, it remains a part of the problem. Stigma comes from multiple fronts. There is the social stigma inherent in a society, which can be localised due to the demographic disparity. Then there is a self-imposed stigma from the perception of the sufferer, at the possibility of being labelled as perhaps self-absorbed, their symptoms self-inflicted or unimportant. Either way, the fact that stigma exists around mental health compounds the suffering. Sufferers may feel it is a personal weakness or failure on their part, but the reality is that it is a disease that needs treatment and is ultimately not their fault.

If stigma, isolation and lack of availability of help compound the issue, the converse must also be true. People who receive support from caring friends and family, and who have access to mental health services are less likely to act on their impulses, however those impulses manifest.

According to the Care Quality Commission, evidence suggests that the number of children visiting A&E for mental health treatment has more than doubled since 2010. Many services are even failing to meet NHS guidelines for an out-of-hours crisis service.

Dr Nick Waggett, Chief Executive of the Association of Child Psychotherapists commented on the current state of the sector – “We do hear stories of children and young people having to have attempted suicide on a number of occasions actually before they are seen within the service… The problem is that then they’re very ill and it actually becomes increasingly difficult to offer them an effective treatment.”

I started this article to break the ice, stating the worst case scenario, but these points are just facts. Just as it is a fact that mental health is a continuum, the extremes are quite distinct, but the variations in between are gradual. If the number of fatalities represent one extreme, even though so prevalent, there will be so many more who are affected along the scale.

Everyone has mental health and just as everyone has different states of physical fitness, everyone has varying states of mental health. The two should not be thought of as separate since mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety for example, affect your ability to participate in healthy behaviors.

Clearly there is a need for mental well-being to have the same prominence as physical well-being. Not to compare mental health disease with physical disease, but to appreciate that they coincide. Clinical depression is an illness that should be treated by a health care professional or a mental health professional, in as much as diabetes, arthritis or hypertension needs treatment.

Since the openness and access to sources of care and support can mitigate the risks associated with mental health issues, especially the prevalence at which these issues affect the young, we should publicise any available resources.

Tom Madders, Director of Communications, Campaigns and Participation at Young Minds, an organisation dedicated to tackling the issues around mental health in youth states- “Most young people spend much of their time online, and it can feel easier for them to communicate through messaging and online services than face-to-face”, this is where services such as Kooth come in. Kooth is a platform which offers online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people through a community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors.

It would seem that the use of health apps is an indispensable convenience and even preference which should be more widely adopted by local health organisations, including the greater health and social care system as a whole.

Many services are failing to meet the demands of those in need and the last thing which should happen if they have been able to reach out; is for young people to be rejected from a service they believed could help them. Whether there be a top-down, or bottom-up dissemination of these resources, it doesn’t matter, so long as access is made available. Anyone can download an app.

A helpful summary of available apps to support mental health well-being can be found here:

By Medicalchain’s Tim Robinson

HealthTech push from UK Government.

HealthTech push from UK Government.

As the Digital Revolution gave rise to the beginning of the Information Age, the control of data became the defining characteristic in human civilization. Data is everywhere, and informs most of the decisions we make on a daily basis.

This advancement has been progressing at a rapid pace in every aspect of modern day life, except perhaps within the health sector. The need for evidence based technology is so ingrained in NHS culture, that anything new is often viewed with suspicion and cynicism. This leads to a scenario where tradition reigns and innovation effectively plateaus.

Within this sector, medical professionals use data collected from groups of patients to identify issues associated with certain conditions, which is then used to develop more effective treatments and management techniques. Having the right data at the right time (and knowing how to use it), not only improves quality of life, but can save it. It is logical then that barriers are broken down to make way for greater use of data in the health sector.

A step in the right direction is the newly formed ‘HealthTech Advisory Board’. This board is made up of IT experts, clinicians and academics. They will report directly to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and its roles will include:

  • Assisting in policy creation.
  • Challenging decision making.
  • Acting as a sounding board for new ideas.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:
“I want the UK to have the most advanced HealthTech ecosystem in the world. That starts with improving the technology and IT systems in the NHS and creating a culture of innovation so patients can benefit from cutting-edge treatments while reducing the workload of staff… The new future-focused HealthTech Advisory Board will bring together tech experts, clinicians and academics to identify where change needs to happen and be an ideas hub for how we can improve patient outcomes and to make the lives of NHS staff easier.”

Chair of the board Ben Goldacre said:
“I am delighted that Matt Hancock has created this board to inject challenge and diverse expertise around better use of data, evidence and technology in healthcare… I hope we can bring positive change for staff and patients, and realise the Tech Vision with a cutting-edge 21st century NHS. Medicine is driven by information: better use of data can revolutionise health care.”

We are unlikely to see an instance of metamorphosis with the NHS becoming a paragon of health and social care given its capacity for change. But we are now in a position to ask the right questions, to evaluate the status quo, and start to break down some of those systematic barriers.

By Medicalchain’s Tim Robinson

One-Size Fits All.

Many will be familiar with the impromptu visit to the local hospital. That anxious rush to arrive at the reception desk to register your arrival with the admin staff on hand, to then need to sit and wait with the other attendees until you are eventually called in for assessment, then after no short while finally on for treatment, transfer or discharge. Or perhaps you have entered the system more subtly, via a referral from your GP to an outpatient appointment.

Either way, this is the most many of us will ever experience of this healthcare juggernaut. To filter through the various departments when the need arises. You will have noticed however the timescales involved between appointments, that oftentimes they seem to take longer than we’d like. This is something we might not appreciate.

A fitting analogy to help us see the overall picture is traffic flow. Each leg of a route can be thought of as an individual ‘process’ in the overall journey. As variations in speed at different legs of a journey can equate to delays, each ‘process’ affects the efficiency of the entire journey as a whole.

Just as the flow of traffic is improved by controlling the variation in the speed of cars and the havoc stop-starting causes in the endless lines of caterpillar-esque traffic, the flow of patients can also be improved by understanding the causes of variations of processes within the healthcare system.

Whole healthcare systems have been analysed: from GP practices, to ambulance services, secondary care, tertiary care, and including social services. This work has shown that improving patient flow across health and social care systems is beneficial to patients and staff alike in many ways, such as:
• improving the clinical outcome and experience of patient’s journey.
• eliminating waits and delays.
• saving time and effort by avoiding duplication of work.
• saving money from the cost of overtime, waiting list initiatives, locum and agency fees.
• improving the trust of the healthcare organisation.

The need to apply Quality Improvement shouldn’t be viewed as a box ticking exercise either, but rather, as healthcare organisations dedicated to the welfare of the general population and the NHS, they have a responsibility to identify and review these processes with statistical accuracy so improvements can be implemented and audited. That should mean taking into account all the costs related to any process, including the loss of income to a patient attending an appointment and the impact of transport on public health. The inefficiencies of our health system impact on the general health of our society as a whole.

In order to deliver high-quality healthcare, establishments must start to think in terms of value and sustainability; this means the need to identify a balance between cost and outcomes (value) and long-term impacts (sustainability). There is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution to the inefficiencies we encounter in the current healthcare system, but there are innovative solutions to address many of these sticking points; healthcare organisations need to acknowledge these deficiencies honestly and utilise new technologies to advance care for all.

A case in point is whether there is a legitimate need to physically attend a consultation. If there is not, are we not then forcing a one-size fits all solution to a legacy issue without taking advantage of the modern day tools at our disposal?- As Apple’s trademarked slogan goes, “there’s an app for that”.

Outpatient appointments and the sheer number of users flowing through a system may be the bread and butter of many establishments, but the reality is that cost is borne out in more than how taxpayer contributions are expended.

By Medicalchain’s Tim Robinson.

Snail Mail in the digital age.

With the concept and proposed benefits of a paperless society first being introduced back in 1978, it seems absurd that we continue to rely on physical means of written communication when it comes to issues as serious as appointments and updates on critical screening services.

This is even more serious when it becomes evident that letters containing invitations to cervical cancer tests that should have gone to 40,000 women in England between January and June, had not even been sent. Yet this is just months after it emerged that 174,000 women had not been invited for breast cancer screening.

The contractor responsible for these errors, Capita, has previously been under the radar for failing to meet standards in managing the movements of patient records. The British Medical Association stated that problems included delays in records being transferred, even when urgently needed for patient care.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “Local GPs are reporting to the BMA that they are facing unacceptable delays in patient record transfers and mistakes in maintaining supplies of crucial medical equipment, like syringes and even prescription paper… These mistakes are directly impacting on the ability of many GPs to provide safe, effective care to their patients… They are in some cases being left without the essential information they need to know about a new patient and the tools to treat them.”

There has been some movement in the right direction by the NHS, in establishing the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme. This is a knowledge sharing platform developed by NHS England. The programme is set up so that “digitally advanced” NHS trusts share their knowledge and experience with other NHS trusts. Specifically, the knowledge gained whilst implementing their IT systems, and especially their experience from introducing electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Therein lies the solution, patients need to be empowered to take charge of their own health and wellbeing, through applications like which give them up-to-date 24-7 access to their health records, they can receive updates for appointments and screening reminders. Adopting this technology more widely would remove huge administrative costs from the NHS, and avoid the frequent problem of paper-based reminders and records getting lost or never being sent.

Self Care Week 2018.

Medicalchain is proud to support Self Care Week 2018, which runs this year from the 12th to the 18th of November. Self Care Week is an initiative which aims to engage and empower people to better look after their own health. Last year it reached ~20,000,000 people with its message, mirroring Medicalchain’s ethos, “own your health”.

With a focus on health innovation to help patients help themselves Dr Knut Schroeder, a GP, Self Care Forum Board member and founder of free self care app resource producer Expert Self Care, said: “Health apps are easily accessible for anyone with a smartphone. Containing information, advice and tips on topics ranging from first aid and healthy living to pregnancy and mental health; health apps can be great for learning more about health issues and enabling people to self care.”

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti, Co-Founder and CEO of Medicalchain said: “Medicalchain is focused on addressing the issue of a fragmented healthcare system by empowering patients to be at the centre of their care. Through innovative use of the latest advancements in technology, we are able to resolve much of the issues we see in the health system today and we can provide all this through an app on a smartphone, making access and usability of a patient’s personal Health Record easier than ever”. is a tool anyone with Web access can use, either through their personal computer, laptop, or smartphone. empowers patients by giving them choice and understanding of complex health issues and the treatment options available. It allows families to be more involved in their loved ones care and therefore support better self care, regardless of the distance between them. Secure and safe access to health records also promotes better communications with multiple doctors at the same time to always strive for the best advice possible for each individual patient. This is in perfect harmony with the theme of Self Care Week 2018, being “choose self care for life”.

Forbes Features Medicalchain As ‘The Solution To The Patient Data Problem’

Dear Community,

The Medicalchain team remain hard at work, developing the application and the Medicalchain Health Passport.

Our hard work has not gone unnoticed. We recently completed an interview with Trevor Clawson, Forbes contributor. We hope you enjoy reading the published article.

Broken Records — UK Entrepreneurs See Blockchain As The Solution To The Patient Data Problem

Originally published and sourced from Forbes, written by Trevor Clawson.

“Medicalchain is seeking to address a big problem — namely the fragmented nature of health records here in the UK and elsewhere around the globe. In an ideal world, when a patient sees a doctor, the practitioner in question would have access to a complete medical history before deciding on a treatment. In practice, it’s not so simple. A patient might turn up at an accident and emergency department, visit an unfamiliar General Practitioner when away from home, seek private treatment, or see a doctor when travelling abroad. In all of these scenarios, comprehensive records might not be available, simply because the data is stored in local silos.”

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Medicalchain Becomes First Healthcare Pioneer Member of Renowned Blockchain Research Institute

United Kingdom, London: Today Medicalchain announces that they are joining the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), the foremost independent think tank leading research into the impact of blockchain on business, government and society. The healthcare startup, which will provide patient-centric, borderless healthcare through blockchain technology, joins industry giants Accenture, IBM, Microsoft and SAP, as well as blockchain startup pioneers CarbonX, Digital Asset Holdings, and Polymath, as the institute’s first blockchain for healthcare pioneer.

Medicalchain will support the BRI on its mission to explore blockchain strategies, market opportunities and implementation challenges that the technology presents as well as providing insights from the application of its blockchain based healthcare solution. By contributing to research projects, collaborating with other members and participating in case studies, Medicalchain will help make the blockchain revolution a reality.

Don Tapscott, Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Blockchain Research Institute says:

“Using blockchain technology, we can build a more efficient, effective and equitable healthcare system. The Blockchain Research Institute is proud to welcome Medicalchain to our membership as they continue to pioneer breakthrough applications and add a new healthcare string to our bow.”

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti, CEO and Co-Founder of Medicalchain comments:

“Blockchain is already transforming healthcare but the potential impact for patients and doctors is only just starting to be more broadly realised. Being recognised as a pioneer by the Blockchain Research Institute is a significant milestone for us, and through collaboration with the leading minds in blockchain, we look forward to accelerating this transformation through blockchain solutions for healthcare by empowering patients to own their health data and access borderless healthcare.”

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The Blockchain Research Institute

The Blockchain Research Institute is a multi-million-dollar global research initiative undertaking the definitive investigation of blockchain strategies, opportunities, and implementation challenges. It is led by 40 of the world’s leading blockchain thinkers and practitioners and sponsored by many of the world’s most important companies and governments. The Blockchain Research Institute regularly puts out research projects that are accessible to its members; to date over 70+ projects have been put out.

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Medicalchain announces a partnership with The Groves Medical Group, London

The pilot partnership will be open to over 30,000 patients

The Groves will be using Medicalchain’s telemedicine application and offer their patients the ability to pay in MedTokens.

London, March 6th, 2018: Medicalchain, the decentralised blockchain platform that enables secure, fast and transparent exchange of medical records by patients and doctors, is thrilled to announce a partnership with The Groves Medical Group, based in London, UK. The Groves will be the first medical practice in the UK to use blockchain technology and to accept cryptocurrency as payment for health services, broadening access to private healthcare across its four medical centres.

Medicalchain plans to put everyone in control of their health records and be a partner in their healthcare management. The Groves group is the perfect partner for this pilot, consisting of four GP practices, supporting over 30,000 registered patients and 1,000 private patient families.

The pilot is the first application for Medicalchain’s platform, powered by Hyperledger’s open source blockchain technology, that allows patients to take full control of their healthcare records through blockchain technology and will provide access to flexible telemedicine services.

The pilot, which commences in July 2018, will allow Medicalchain to gather feedback from doctors and patients to refine its platform and continue development ahead of its global launch. Groves’ registered patients will be able to create a free wallet which will hold and manage access to their health records. GP video consultations will also be available to patients, offering the flexibility to see their doctor at a time and place suited to their needs. The platform will then give patients the option to pay for services using cryptocurrency, with users being incentivised to pay for telemedicine services with Medicalchain’s MedTokens.

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“This is a unique opportunity to work with the leaders in blockchain for healthcare and offer our patients cutting-edge technology. We believe that by empowering people to choose how they access healthcare, we can reduce the burden on public health services. The goal is to improve health services, not only in the UK but across the world, and with Medicalchain we believe we can be a part of that.” said Dr Vince Grippaudo, Senior Partner at The Groves.

Details of the pilot project are currently being refined by both parties with further information due to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I would like to thank The Groves Medical Group for their support and commitment to this project and applaud them for being leaders and pioneers in modern-day healthcare. I would also like to thank our community for their continued support and our team here at Medicalchain who have worked tirelessly to perfect the platform and secure this partnership.” says CEO and Co-Founder Dr Abdullah Albeyatti.

The team at Medicalchain appreciates the dedication of its community and the pivotal role it has played in facilitating the project’s success to date. There will be more exciting updates to follow, and the team look forward to sharing more good news shortly.

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About Medicalchain

Medicalchain was founded in 2016 by Dr Abdullah Albeyatti and Mo Tayeb to address inefficiencies in the healthcare industry. It is a decentralised platform that enables secure, fast and transparent exchange and usage of medical data.

Using Hyperledger’s blockchain technology, Medicalchain has created a user-focused electronic health record that can be used by patients and healthcare professionals — including doctors, hospitals, laboratories and insurers alike. It enables patients to consult doctors and medical physicians remotely, wherever they are in the world, in the knowledge that they’ll have access to necessary medical records. Medicalchain also offers an innovative way to connect researchers and patients, rewarding patients with personalised incentives for sharing their anonymised data.

About The Groves Medical Group

The Groves Medical Group is an organisation with 30,000 registered NHS patients over four medical centres, with eight full time partners and 18 salaried doctors as well as specialist nurses. The medical centres offer patients a variety of choice for consultation styles as well as a specialist Clinical Pharmacist and nurse consultations. The Groves are reviewed highly on NHS Choices scoring 4.5/5. The company also encompasses the largest Private GP centre in the area and has been leading their approach to patient-centred care for over 35 years. A well-respected part of the community, The Groves is well known for its leading management to ensure a strong & committed relationship with its patients.

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Medicalchain to present to Mayo Clinic

Robert Miller to talk about blockchain, healthcare, and ICOs.

February 11th, 2018 — Robert Miller from Medicalchain will be presenting to Mayo Clinic on Monday February 12th 2018. Robert will be talking about Bitcoin, Initial Coin Offerings, as well as sharing his framework for how to apply blockchain technology to healthcare, and exploring several practical use cases. He will be giving an education presentation at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus (Department of Business Development) which will be live streamed to multiple Mayo Clinic campuses around the nation and distributed internally

Medicalchain is a decentralised platform that enables secure and transparent exchange and usage of health records. Utilising blockchain technology, Medicalchain creates a single true version of an individual’s electronic health record, ensuring the right data is available to the right professional at the right time. By leveraging Medicalchain’s technology, patients will be empowered to share their health records with health professionals on a case by case basis. Interactions with a patient’s health record are stored as transactions on Medicalchain’s blockchain.

Robert Miller was one of the first employees at Medicalchain and has seen every stage of the platform’s development. Having helped implement a blockchain solution, he has a unique perspective on the value of blockchain in healthcare.

Medicalchain is seeking to build a thriving ecosystem of applications and services on top of its blockchain. These applications and services will use Medicalchain’s blockchain and be powered by users’ health data. Medicalchain is developing two of these applications: a telemedicine consultation and a health data marketplace. Using Medicalchain’s telemedicine application, patients and doctors will communicate using mobile, tablet, or desktop video conferencing. Patients will also have the ability to share their full health record with the doctor during their consultation. With the health data marketplace, patients will be enabled to commercialise their health record by leasing it to researchers in return for Medicalchain’s cryptocurrency. What’s more, Medicalchain is inviting third party developers to build their applications on its platform.

About Medicalchain
Medicalchain was founded in 2016 by Dr Abdullah Albeyatti and Mo Tayeb to address inefficiencies in the healthcare industry. It is a decentralised platform that enables secure, fast and transparent exchange and usage of medical data.

Using blockchain technology, Medicalchain has created a user-focused electronic health record that can be used by patients and healthcare professionals — including doctors, hospitals, laboratories and insurers alike. It enables patients to consult doctors and medical physicians remotely, wherever they are in the world, in the knowledge that they’ll have access to necessary medical records. Medicalchain also offers an innovative way to connect researchers and patients, rewarding patients with personalised incentives for sharing their anonymised data.

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Medicalchain Completes a $20 Million USD Pre-Sale Ahead of its Public Token Sale.

$20M USD worth of MedTokens were sold during this pre-sale period. Due to the unprecedented demand, the pre-sale was concluded earlier than scheduled. Preangel (lead by Lijie Wang), DFund (lead by Zhao Dong), Synco, Blockchain Labo, Blockchaininvest Hedge Fund, BlockVC Fund (lead by Kevin Hsu) have shown great support of the project, through their participation alongside Medicalchain community participants.

We are humbled at the response we have received from our dedicated and passionate community. A special thank you to our advisors who have been invaluable in our ongoing success.” — says co-founder and COO of the Medicalchain project, Mo Tayeb.

Medicalchain is focusing on the development of its blockchain technology, powered by Hyperledger Fabric, to create a user-focused electronic health record platform, whilst maintaining a single true version of the user’s data.

MedTokens will be used to purchase healthcare services via the Medicalchain platform. Users will access services by exchanging utility tokens directly with doctors and healthcare providers. The first application (with more to come) using MedTokens is the Telemedicine Consultation Application. With this, patients and doctors can communicate using mobile, tablet or desktop video conferencing from anywhere in the world..

The MedToken will also be used by research institutes and pharmaceutical companies, to reward users that choose to share data. Companies requiring healthcare information will be able to seek out users on Medicalchain that have volunteered to assist in research. Companies will no longer need to approach a hospital or clinic and can go straight to the people whose information will be used. Not only will this increase efficiency, but it is a more transparent process that strikes a relationship which is symbiotic and sustainable.

Medicalchain will expand the transactional capacity of MedTokens by offering a full API release to healthcare service developers. By doing this, it hopes to inspire others to build a more broad offering within the Medicalchain ecosystem. Each application added will generate more data, which in turn will attract research institutes and pharmaceutical companies willing to pay for it. Data generation will continue to increase and data access transactions via MedTokens from research institutes and pharmaceutical companies will increase the overall footprint of the Medicalchain platform.

We give great thanks to all that have supported us. Our community and our team have worked day and night to achieve what we have done so far. Reaching our targets ahead of schedule has only spurred us on further to make this project a success “, — says Dr Abdullah Albeyatti, CEO of Medicalchain.

To create a world in which the patient is truly at the heart of healthcare requires services to be directly accessible by the user. Access to services across borders can be satisfied with cryptocurrency. The goal is to build a system that enables people to have access to their health records, their doctor and other health services remotely from anywhere in the world.

Medicalchain is able to provide people the technology they need to access and control their health record with zero transaction fees. For the rapid growth of the network of users, Medicalchain will create a mobile application system for patients and doctors to pre-register prior to the system release.

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