Welcome to the twelfth issue of Inside Medicalchain, our monthly newsletter to keep our community up to date.
If you missed the eleventh issue, you can catch up by clicking here.
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As always, please continue to download our iOS version of MyClinic.com and let us know your feedback on our current version by sending in your comments to [email protected].
The team have been working hard to negotiate a large-scale pilot in the NHS, UK to cover 30 clinics and 250,000 patients. We are still in deep discussion, and we are hoping to be able to share more details with you on this shortly.
We are very happy to present to you the updated MyClinic.com V2! Check out this short video that highlights the platform in-browser:
We are very close to the full release of MyClinic.com, that will be available to download on iOS and Android, and open to sign up! Stay tuned for our announcements.
We recently released another Ask Me Anything session, where our co-founders Dr Abdullah Albeyatti and Mo Tayeb answered some excellent questions put forward by our community and talked about our progress. You can watch the session to keep up to date on:
• About MyClinic.com V2 and the specifications
• The use of MTN within our application
• Joint working agreement projects with the Mayo Clinic
• And more!
Our CEO, Dr Abdullah Albeyatti, has been busy posting new YouTube videos on his channel titled The Antidote, in which he vlogs about all things health sector and innovation-related.
More recently, he has been discussing the challenges associated with innovating within health systems, the rise of patients wanting to be prescribed cannabis from their local doctor and questions he has received from patients about vaccinations. Watch here:
This section will provide an insight into the project, including the people behind the scenes who are working hard to make our vision a reality.
We are proud that at Medicalchain, we keep doctors central to our organisations to ensure we can build solutions that translate effectively into the real world. We are pleased to introduce you all to Dr Danyal Akarca, who is the newest medical doctor to join the team at Medicalchain and is taking up the role of Research Fellow here. We asked some questions to Dan so that you can learn a little bit more about him.
What is your experience in Medicine, and what got you interested in Medicalchain?
I’ve recently graduated in Medicine from Southampton University, having completed my clinical training in hospitals and general practices all around the south of England. In-between my medical degree, I studied Neuroscience at Cambridge University, where I learned lots about the applications of advanced statistics to brain-related and genetic data and how we may use this to improve the diagnoses of brain disorders.
I became interested in Medicalchain as I learned about the potential of blockchain technology to empower individuals with their own assets without a middleman. In healthcare, there is an exorbitated amount of data that is poorly structured, and, from the patient’s perspective, there are many barriers to data transparency. By improving our IT infrastructures, I really believe there are significant data-driven biomedical advances we could make in healthcare.
When I found that Medicalchain were developing a system based upon distributed ledger technology to secure electronic health records, I couldn’t not get in touch with them to help on the project.
What work do you do at Medicalchain?
My work as a Research Fellow is highly varied. Principally I write papers for academic journals, I present our vision at national and international conferences and act as a subject-matter expert for the robust testing of our software. As a company that is only two years old, there are lots to get involved with.
What challenges are there in translating new health technology into health systems?
Health institutions and the technology industry speak completely different languages, with different cultures and incentive structures.
Outside of healthcare, software companies classically develop and implement their products at a rapid rate, and this approach has mostly served them well. However, in healthcare, the stakes are much higher. Medical grade evidence must be achieved before we can effectively implement new interventions and approaches. I think this largely explains the slow pace for technological integration into healthcare.
The challenge is in forming relationships and infrastructures to facilitate rigorous scientific enquiry of technological solutions that we can provide for patients.
How do you see blockchain being used in healthcare in the future?
Much like in Estonia, I see the use of blockchain as an accessibility and security layer that can operate on top of health-data stores to ensure health integrity, accessibility and control of health data. Overall, I hope we can instantiate a health-passport model, where individuals have a complete longitudinal account of their health information regardless of time and place.
Beyond this, I hope we can incentivise individuals to share their data ethically as well as enable other functions like supply-chain auditability and the use smart contracts to automate otherwise cumbersome administrative processes like insurance.
Our CEO, Dr Abdullah Albeyatti, was in Helsinki at the HIMMS Health 2.0 European Conference, speaking on “Will blockchain really transform healthcare?”
Our Research Fellow, Dr Danyal Akarca, was in Leeds at the IEEE Dependable Systems conference, speaking to leading academics on interoperable blockchain-secured health records.
Our CTO Bara Mustafa was at Jesus College, Cambridge University, on applications of blockchain in the real world.
· Our Research Fellow, Dr Danyal Akarca, will be speaking at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest on the blockchain use-case for patient empowerment leading to scientific and medical innovation — Romania Blockchain Summit 22nd June 2019
· Our Research Fellow, Dr Danyal Akarca, will also be speaking in Lille, France on new collaborative models for medical technology — MedFit June 26th 2019
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