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IIT Madras is developing a blockchain-based healthcare information system for mobile apps

IIT Madras is developing a blockchain-based healthcare information system for mobile apps

  • 10th May 2021
  • France News Live

The first system, BlockTrack, aims to securely digitize medical information systems while protecting sensitive personal information and medical records.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras are the first blockchain-based secure medical data and information exchange system for a mobile-based application called BlockTrack, which is currently being field-tested at the IIT Madras Institute. Was developed. hospital.

This project was carried out with CSR support from Infosys, which began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. BlockTrack aims to securely digitize medical information systems while ensuring the protection of sensitive personal information and medical records by decentralizing patient data management and ownership through blockchain-based innovation. I am aiming for it. BlockTrack innovation is currently protected through a provisional IP filed with the Indian Patent Office.

The Android version of the application was developed separately for both patients and doctors. BlockTrack's algorithm generates a user identification code to ensure cross-boundary uniqueness with little chance of duplication. This opens up the possibility of universal and transferable healthcare information management by focusing on data privacy and tracking the spread of infectious diseases throughout the region.

BlockTrack enables interoperability of systems from multiple hospitals, laboratories and medical institutions. Integrate healthcare supply chain management with prophylactic tracking of the spread of infectious infections. Patients can choose to visit any medical facility on BlockTrack's blockchain network without worrying about duplicate records or re-registration.

BlockTrack was developed by a team led by Professor Prabhu Rajagopal, Chief Professor of Remote Diagnosis at the Nondestructive Evaluation Center (CNDE) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras.

Professor Rajagopal emphasized the unique aspects of this project, saying: "BlockTrack is an exciting project that depicts engineering innovations with disruptive potential to transform multiple domains. This is the first implementation of blockchain technology to protect medical data management systems. As one, we find that this approach has a significant impact on the safe digitization and maintenance of unique patient records across the country and ultimately worldwide. "

He added: "A natural authorization system for blockchain-based decentralized ledgers enables editing while maintaining privacy, with the potential to integrate this system across primary health care, prescriptions, pharmacies, distribution, and even the entire insurance network. Spread. With Dr. Sapna Poti in the office of the Government of India's Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), who gave us the opportunity to fund this project with COVID-19-themed support. Thanks to Infosys for supporting the vision. "

Professor KcVijay Raghavan, PSA of the Government of India, thanked IIT Madras for his efforts and said: "The National Digital Health Mission (NDHM), launched by the Government of India last year, has enabled the secure processing of personal data and easy access to digitized individuals and healthcare. Two important objectives. Records by individuals and healthcare service providers. To effectively implement these goals, new technologies need to be leveraged. BlockTrack is a step in the right direction and innovative for complex health information systems. Congratulations to the IIT Madras team for developing the solution, which strengthens the healthcare system's commitment to efficiently track the spread of illness and maintain confidentiality while storing personal data on the network. Will be and will be possible. "

Apart from that, Shashwat Pandey, a leader in mobile app development, said: "Implementing the entire blockchain system at the laboratory hospital faced many technical and design challenges. To be successful, thorough research and engineering skills from all team members were required. Needed. DApp (Distributed Application) is a new area of "‹"‹research and development. With our efforts, it is probably the first in history to have features such as universally unique identity, interoperability, and record duplication. We are delighted that the healthcare-centric DApp has finally come to fruition. "