Inside Medicalchain Issue #26

Welcome to the twenty-fifth issue of Inside Medicalchain, our newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twenty-fifth issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

COVID-19 update

The team are vaccinated and keen to get back to traveling around the world promoting Medicalchain and our two flagship products – MyClinic Connect and MyClinic.

We hope the worst is behind us now as borders open up again for us to showcase what we are working on and to do meet-ups where we can speak with the community directly about all things Medicalchain related.

Product development

MyClinic Connect is currently in end-stage talks with a large international medical company regarding the use of our platform and its integration into their network of health services.  We are also speaking with other representatives from the pharmaceutical and research sphere about how MyClinic Connect can empower their users, the patients and provide a more powerful consultation with a clinician.

MyClinic Connect features and updates include:

  • UX overhaul
  • Final testing to complete integration with the second largest primary care record system (UK)

Our upcoming MyClinic features include:

  • Questionnaire features improved
  • Healthcare profiles collected and will lead to targeted outreach
  • Research into Whatsapp integration into MyClinic 

For users of MyClinic, if you have any questions, do check out our Help Centre and don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

We are looking forward to sharing with the community our blockchain developments for electronic health records. We will be releasing more information soon, stay tuned!

Team brainstorming session

Our team recently got together in person, many of which were meeting for the first time. Over the course of three days, we discussed new ideas, problems we would like to solve, and the next steps for MedicalChain.

This provided us with a great opportunity to set up plans for the next year, and chat through all the ideas we have, in-depth. We made great progress and have started working on a new exciting service we would like to incorporate into our business.

Media

In a recent podcast with Medics Money, Medicalchain co-founder and CEO Dr Abdullah Albeyatti discusses the strengths of cryptocurrency and how bitcoin is here to stay. Click here to listen to that podcast.

Still contributing to the international health blockchain scene, Dr Albeyatti presented at the Dubai Future Blockchain Summit about the promise and challenges that face the industry in trying to make an impact in this space.

Service and walkthrough videos

Another project in the works is the creation of walkthrough videos for our users of MyClinic. We have recently added a host of new features and we want to make sure that everyone is getting the most out of them. These videos are currently in development and will be launched in the coming weeks.

Along with the walkthrough videos, we have also created a range of videos aimed at showcasing the benefits of telemedicine, both for patients and clinicians. These videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel and on our social media accounts.

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· Telegram (English)

· Telegram (Japanese — Medicalchain 日本公式コミュニティ)

· Telegram (Chinese — Medicalchain 官方中文群)

· Telegram (Italian — Medicalchain Italia)

· Telegram (Korean — Medicalchain 공식채팅방)

· Korean Kakao Chat

· Twitter

· Twitter (Japanese)

· Facebook

· Instagram

· Reddit

· Medium

· Youtube

· Linkedin

Don’t forget to promote MyClinic to your local health providers

MyClinic is available for free to anyone providing a health service, of any kind.

Please promote this free solution to your friends, family, and network.

Inside Medicalchain Issue #25

Welcome to the twenty-fifth issue of Inside Medicalchain, our newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twenty-fourth issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

COVID-19 update

Vaccinations have rolled out across most of the UK with young adults now being the final group to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

This will soon bring normality back to the Medicalchain/MyClinic team who have been working remotely for over a year now.

Wherever you are in the world, we wish that you and your family members are safe and that this global pandemic will end soon for all of us.

Product development

We are aiming to go ahead with a rebranding of our original ‘Health Passport’ solution after the UK government started using this title to describe how they would monitor patients who have had the COVID-19 vaccine which led to negative connotations in the media.

Our solution will now be called ‘MyClinic Connect’ to bring all of our branding together.

MyClinic Connect features and updates include:

  • Final stages of talks with large research company
  • Upgraded dashboard
  • Securing remaining primary care patient record access in the UK

Our upcoming MyClinic features include:

  • Patient transfer between clinics
  • Audit trail of patient
  • Profiles piece revamp

For users of MyClinic, if you have any questions, do check out our Help Centre and don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

We are looking forward to sharing with the community our blockchain developments for electronic health records. We will be releasing more information soon, stay tuned!

Media

In a recent interview with Rise Radio, MyClinic co-founder and CEO Dr  Abdullah Albeyatti, discusses the acceleration of telemedicine during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Abdullah speaks about how telemedicine has benefitted both patients and healthcare professionals throughout 2020 and how advancements in technology have proved to be invaluable. 

As a UK based GP, Abdullah also speaks about the challenges he faced throughout the pandemic and how this had an effect on technology in the healthcare sector.

Rise Radio is part of Rise Health, a premier community for professionals who aspire to meet the extraordinary challenges posed by the emerging landscape in healthcare.

Listen to the full interview here.

As an Imperial College London Emerging Alumni 2021 Award winner, Dr Albeyatti was also asked to present at the ‘Breaking down barriers: Innovation in healthtech’ talk which was introduced by the President of the university, Professor Alice Gast.  The recording should be online soon.

You can read more about the award and his journey by clicking here.

Find details of the presentation and where the recording will be uploaded here.

Finally – Dr Albeyatti was invited to comment on an article written in MedCity News regarding the mental health toll the pandemic has had on clinical staff.

You can read the article here

Inside perspective

This section aims to provide an insight into the project, including the people behind the scenes who are working extremely hard to make our vision a reality. In this edition of Inside Medicalchain, Sam Tier, our Digital Marketing Manager, gives you an update on our work and what the future holds for him and the team.

We hope you enjoy this inside perspective!

Sam Tier – Digital Marketing Manager, Medicalchain/MyClinic

Welcome to the team Sam – tell us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for the opportunity. I like to think of myself as a creative person, as I have a wide range of skills throughout marketing and design. From SEO to content writing and everything in between!

I am also a keen photographer and videographer, skills I am looking forward to bringing to my new role.

In my free time I am currently training for my first marathon in September, and am also part of the local music scene. Something I look forward to getting involved in again when restrictions are fully lifted. 

What experiences in Health marketing do you have?

I have worked in healthcare marketing since 2013 and have worked for a number of brands. My experience ranges from working for small, local companies to large corporations on London’s Harley Street.

Regardless of the size of the organisation, the patient always comes first, something I love about working in this sector.

How have you found working in this new COVID-19 world we find ourselves in?

For me it has taken away my ability to work closely with people face to face. I have had to adapt to working from home and not having the usual office environment I am used to.

At the start of the pandemic, I was part of a marketing team for a healthcare organisation that had been placed under an emergency UK NHS contract. We were tasked with keeping patients up to date with what was happening. This brought a number of challenges as messaging was changing daily and required us to work at a very fast pace.

COVID-19 has completely changed the way healthcare organisations work and whilst it has been challenging it has also brought a lot of new opportunities with it. 

What made you want to join the team at Medicalchain/MyClinic?

What struck me most was the ambition of the team to make the platform a success. Everyone is dedicated to creating the best product possible and getting it out there for people to use.

Being part of such an ambitious team is something that really excites me. 

What are you most excited about in the next 12 months?

Growth. This is a great opportunity for me to make an impact and help the brand grow. I also see this as a huge opportunity for me to grow both personally and professionally. 

The next 12 months will be very exciting and will hopefully bring great results.

Social Media

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to ask us questions and engage with our communications team. We do try our best to answer all of your questions.

· Twitter

· Facebook

· Instagram

· Medium

· Youtube

· Linkedin

Don’t forget to promote MyClinic to your local health providers

MyClinic is available for free to anyone providing a health service, of any kind.

Please promote this free solution to your friends, family and network.

Inside Medicalchain Issue #24

Welcome to the twenty-fourth issue of Inside Medicalchain, our newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twenty-third issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

Update

We want to start this issue by firstly apologising to the community for being quiet for the past few months. As with every organisation, COVID-19 has been a difficult challenge and has disrupted how we work with all of the team now working remotely for the past year.

We reflected on areas where we could be more efficient within the company and how we could focus all our efforts and resources on delivering on our projects. That being said, ‘Inside Medicalchain’ will be switched to a quarterly publication instead starting from now. This gives us the opportunity to have enough time to prepare these newsletters as well as have enough significant progress to report on.

We will always do our best to update the community and hope to do this quarterly going forward.

Product development

Our upcoming Medicalchain Health Passport features and updates include:

  • Patient reported outcomes;
  • Health questionnaires;
  • Auditing on the blockchain;
  • Access to the largest primary care record source in the world;

We are also in the final rounds of discussions with two large pharmaceutical companies to run some trials using our technology.

Our upcoming MyClinic features include:

  • Multi-party consultations to facilitate Multidisciplinary Team discussions.
  • Health questionnaires.
  • Receptionist tool.

For users of MyClinic, if you have any questions, do check out our Help Centre and don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

We are looking forward to sharing with the community our developments for electronic health records. We will be releasing more information soon, stay tuned!

New announcement: Further NHS Digital Framework goals

We continue to work closely with the UK National Health Service (NHS) digital service and will hopefully have some good news in the next edition of Inside Medicalchain about joining the dominant and ‘future-proof’ framework which the NHS has unveiled recently.

Media

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti was an invited guest with Professor Tony Young to speak about the NHS and entrepreneurship on the The Voice of Healthcare podcast, hosted by Dr Cybulsky (Founder, IONIA) and Dr Maclellan (CEO, Cortina Health).

You can listen to that podcast here.

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti has also continued to contribute to the life sciences by speaking at several universities and institutions and was recently awarded by Imperial College London, the Emerging Alumni 2021 Award.

You can read more about the award and his journey by clicking here.

Inside perspective

This section aims to provide an insight into the project, including the people behind the scenes who are working extremely hard to make our vision a reality. In this edition of Inside Medicalchain, Behzad Hosseini, our Lead React Developer, gives you an update on our work and some invaluable advice for those wishing to enter the health technology space.

We hope you enjoy this inside perspective!

Behzad Hosseini — Lead React Developer, Medicalchain

What is a typical day like as a developer?

I like to start my days as early as possible and get most tasks done by noon time. I call these my golden hours of the day where I see myself most productive, especially when there’s a problem to solve or a new solution to create.

I typically first check on Slack, where our development team is, to see the latest updates. That’s followed by doing commit reviews on GitHub. Before I start or resume my previous day’s activities, I may have a short chat with my colleagues to either request something that I contemplated the night before or update them on a certain topic that has been discussed previously.

During the afternoon I mostly do refactoring, tests, and enhancements to our newly created solutions, and as we approach the evening time, I make sure my day’s work is saved or committed to GitHub for everyone to access, and I usually leave myself a sticky note describing the latest state where I left my work and what needs to be done the following day, and if needed, I update my tasks on Jira too.

I almost forgot to add that I usually go for a run in my neighbourhood park just before lunchtime as I feel more refreshed right after that for the rest of the day. I’ve been doing this ritualistically in the last 2 years.

What are the main features of the Medicalchain/MyClinic products that you have been working on?

I have been primarily working on MyClinic’s front-end. My job involves designing and implementing user-facing components using the React framework. However, the biggest portion of my work is related to the video call feature that we have within the MyClinic web solution, which enables the clinicians to interact with their patients over voice and video sessions as part of the appointment they had already set up using the same web-based app.

In our latest effort, we are working on a questionnaire feature that enables the clinician to have the patient answer a set of predefined questions before a consultation to gain insight into patients’ current condition, and therefore, hold a more efficient session once the patient is connected. This will be an important step in patient-reported outcomes in our Medicalchain Health Passport.

What are the main challenges that you find yourself facing when developing?

The main challenge most developers face is time management as there are many tasks in the backlog and we have to maintain a sustainable pace while approaching them. As a solution, I generally try to simplify tasks and break them into smaller pieces to better estimate what is absolutely necessary to be delivered to be able to mark the task complete. Then I move on to the next one, and when there’s less work, I can always go back and add improvements in small increments to our existing features.

What is it like working on healthcare technology? How is it different to other projects you have worked on?

It is always satisfying to think about how your solution or what you are building with your team as a developer can be beneficial to others in society. Working in a MedTech company is a great opportunity to reach a large user base and provide solutions that transform the way we used to approach healthcare traditionally while making sure no one is left behind.

Do you have any advice for any aspiring developers out there interested in this area?

Yes! That is “if I can do it, you can do it too”. That’s what I always say to let everyone know the only limit is their imagination. As developers with hands-on experience in the industry, we should feel the obligation to empower the brilliant minds who yet haven’t figured out their true potential, and pave the way for better collaboration in an ever-connected world as we approach new horizons in technological breakthroughs.

Social Media

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to ask us questions and engage with our communications team. We do try our best to answer all of your questions.

· Twitter

· Facebook

· Instagram

· Medium

· Youtube

· Linkedin

Don’t forget to promote MyClinic to your local health providers

MyClinic is available for free to anyone providing a health service, of any kind.

Please promote this free solution to your friends, family and network.

Inside Medicalchain Issue #23

Welcome to the twenty-third issue of Inside Medicalchain, our regular newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twenty-second issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

Product development

Our upcoming MyClinic features include:

  • Screen sharing between clinicians and patients.
  • SMS and email invitations to be expanded, beyond links alone.
  • The enabling of image and file uploading.

If you have any questions, do check out our Help Centre and don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

We are looking forward to sharing with the community our blockchain developments for electronic health records. We will be releasing more information soon, stay tuned!

Read more

Inside Medicalchain Issue #22

Inside Medicalchain Issue #22

Welcome to the twenty-second issue of Inside Medicalchain, our regular newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twenty-first issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

Product development

We are still busy in developing our blockchain-based EHR and MyClinic.com products. 

We’re looking forward to sharing upcoming exciting developments soon! Hold on tight.

MyClinic.com Update

The increasing adoption of MyClinic.com Rooms has been fantastic, and we thank all of you who have helped share and increase awareness about it. We are now operating across the globe. NHS users are the most prolific users of MyClinic.com. Further, we are being used by wide-reaching medical specialities, from Dermatology to Physiotherapy to Mental Health. 

Read more

Inside Medicalchain Issue #21

Welcome to the twenty-first issue of Inside Medicalchain, our monthly newsletter to keep our community up to date. If you missed the twentieth issue, you can catch up by clicking here.

MyClinic.com Rooms is still going strong!

We released MyClinic.com Rooms in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. Rooms is a simple tool designed by us to allow for a virtual waiting room where patients can be directed to ‘check into’ whilst they wait for their doctor to begin the video consultation. We are now being used by several NHS hospital trusts in the UK to support the delivery of their secondary care clinics and research activities.

We are proud to share with you some updated numbers about our usage globally. We have now been used in over 78 countries worldwide! Check out a heatmap of all the countries below.

Read more

Inside Medicalchain Issue #9

(February 2019)

Welcome to the ninth issue of Inside Medicalchain, our monthly newsletter to keep our community up to date.

If you missed the eighth issue you can catch up by clicking here.

Product Development

Want to help? Give us feedback!

Please continue to download the iOS version of the MyClinic.com application, and let us know your feedback on version 1.0 by sending us your comments to — [email protected]

You will be excited to hear that V2 of the MyClinic.com application is almost ready for release, and we will be sharing this with you very shortly! Read more

Lifestyle Intervention

Whenever you hear the word “intervention” you may automatically think of an ‘addiction intervention’’, or a ‘surgical intervention’, as these terms have almost become synonymous with the word. But how about a lifestyle intervention?

Currently, the NHS England spends around 10% of its budget on treating diabetes, with recent projections showing that the growing number of people with the condition could result in nearly 39,000 people suffering a heart attack and over 50,000 people suffering a stroke by 2035.

There is progress within the sector to redress the prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) in particular, through a prescription of- lifestyle changes.

There are plans proposed by the NHS to roll out a national Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) in the form of ‘lifestyle interventions’ to curb the demand the health service is under. The evidence shows that diabetes prevention programmes significantly reduce progression to T2DM compared to traditional care by ~26%.

The approach will involve GPs prescribing a liquid diet of just over 800 kilocalories a day for three months, then a period of follow-up support to ultimately help achieve remission of their Type 2 diabetes. NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, announced the program on 30th November. It will first be offered to 5000 patients before being rolled out nationally.

The announcement followed a series of recent studies that have overturned the widely held view that type 2 diabetes is incurable and must be managed with medication.

Large population-based studies in China, Finland and the USA have recently demonstrated the feasibility of preventing, or delaying, the onset of diabetes in overweight subjects with mild glucose intolerance (IGT). With these studies leading to the conclusion that even moderate reduction in weight and only half an hour of brisk walking each day reduces the incidence of diabetes by more than fifty percent.

The objectives for the DPP are:

  • To support more people at high risk of developing diabetes to receive lifestyle
    interventions to help them lower that risk.
  • To slow down the increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes compared with current predictions.
  • To reduce the incidence of heart disease, strokes, kidney, eye and foot problems (and associated
    mortality) related to diabetes compared with current predictions.

The benefits include not only saving the NHS money by alleviating the demand diabetes puts on numerous services within the sector, but the money and resources will then be reallocated and reinvested into providing more essential frontline care.

Chris Askew, the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK states:
“Plans to double the size of the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is excellent news. The programme is already the largest of its kind globally and shows England to be a world leader in this area. The ambition being shown by the NHS needs to be matched across all government policy — we need stronger action on marketing to children, and clearer nutritional labelling to support people to make healthy choices.”

There are even plans for online versions of the DPP, involving wearable technologies and apps to help those at risk of Type 2 Diabetes better self-manage. These will also be provided to those who find it difficult to attend regular sessions due to work or family commitments.

The aim is to better integrate the available solutions and help patients feel more in control of their treatment. This will hopefully stop the chance of patients withdrawing from their therapy and in feeling more accomplished with short-term goals- by achieving a certain number of steps for instance. This move by the NHS brings us one step closer to achieving a patient-centric health service, a more integrated solution.

By Medicalchain’s Tim Robinson

Curiosity killed the…Trust?

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Trust is a valuable commodity and in the words of American business magnate, Warren Buffett — “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” The greatest issue is not so much the fact that you have been lied to, but that it then becomes so much more difficult to trust.

Trust is especially valuable when it comes to our privacy, and what is more private than our most intimate data — our personal medical records. In May, Sir Alex Ferguson, Britain’s most successful football manager was admitted to Salford Royal hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage. After emergency treatment and less than a month in the hospital, Sir Alex made a good recovery.

After an audit of the Trust’s computer systems however, it became evident that a number of staff members- Two doctors, a senior consultant, and two nurses allegedly gained unauthorised access to Sir Alex’s private data.

Doctor Chris Brookes, chief medical officer for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which runs Salford Royal, said of the incident- “We can confirm that a number of staff who work at Salford Royal are currently subject to investigation in relation to an information governance breach… All of our patients have the right to expect that their information will be looked after securely and accessed appropriately. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously.”

Human error is not the issue here, curiosity shouldn’t be a variable in the privacy of our data since ideally, this shouldn’t even be a possibility. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s regulatory body charged with enforcing data protection legislation and bringing regulatory action against those found to have breached data laws. It regularly deals with health-related cases and states that within its figures for Q2 of 2018/19 alone, there were a total of 4,056 data security incident reports within the sector.

What can Hospital Trusts do to earn our trust? Doctor Chris Brookes, chief medical officer at the site responsible for Sir Alex’s breach also stated — “We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and will take the appropriate action to ensure staff understand the seriousness of unauthorised access.” Does that mean staff were not previously aware of the seriousness of unauthorised access? Does that statement guarantee this won’t happen again?

If hospital sites and CMOs wish to redress the issue they should reconsider their solutions, since trust is built through actions, not words. Successful relationships, including doctor-patient relationships, are built on the foundation of trust. This isn’t automatically awarded to someone due to a title, but earned, and as each Doctor and healthcare professional represents the sector as a whole, their reputation affects the NHS’s reputation.

Advising someone not to be curious is not enough, we should have firm and robust measures to protect patient data. Around the world, companies are considering using blockchain technology to help with privacy and data safety as they have done for the financial sector. it is time to block unwarranted access so that we can rebuild some trust.

By Medicalchain’s Tim Robinson