A decentralized electronic health record data sharing platform that uses Blockchain and FHIR-compliant data for secure, tamper-proof access to patient health data.
In the wake of the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act, the federal government invested over $28 billion to develop and adopt a nation-wide health information technology system that can share medical information securely and efficiently. Despite the government’s focus on providing system interoperability, it remains incredibly difficult for doctors and patients to share medical data between healthcare providers—this means that patients have less control over their own medical data. Proprietary software, variable data formats, and health information blocking—wherein electronic health record (EHR) providers knowingly and intentionally interfere with the ability to share medical data—are the main reasons for this challenge.
To solve the dilemma of timely medical data sharing, NewWave Telecom and Technologies, Inc. (NewWave) has developed Patient Wallet: a decentralized electronic health record data sharing platform that overcomes the main challenges inherent with current medical data sharing. Patient Wallet uses Blockchain technology—which provides tamper-proof auditing capabilities—to ensure a patient’s medical data remains validated and current. Blockchain enforces contracts between patients and health providers to ensure only entities specifically granted permissions by the patient are able to access the specific records mentioned in the contract. Further, Patient Wallet is HL7 Fast Health Interoperabilty Resource (FHIR)-compliant; it uses FHIR’s API-centric and standardized medical data formats to provide doctors and patients with greater access to the applications, services, and research programs they trust. Finally, Patient Wallet uses the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS): a content-addressable, peer-to-peer hypermedia distribution protocol that provides highly available storage.