The first comprehensive blockchain-supported Personal Care Record Platform has been launched
Blockchain giant Guardtime has today announced the launch of the world’s first comprehensive blockchain-supported Personal Care Record Platform, MyPCR, alongside industry partners, Instant Access Medical and Healthcare Gateway.
Using Healthcare Gateway’s Medical Interoperability Gateway, MyPCR provides up to 30mn UK NHS patients with instant access to their primary care information, their personal care pathways and medication adherence support through their smartphone.
The platform is designed to deliver immutable proof of health data provenance and integrity, GDPR patient data rights management and automated verification of medication adherence.
In the US, it is estimated that medication non-adherence adds an additional $290bn annually in health-care costs. It's the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, responsible for 30% to 50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually.
As the industry scrambles to improve quality and lower costs, non-adherence to medication is an area that everybody within the healthcare ecosystem needs a solution for: from providers and insurers, to lifescience companies and patients.
Patient medication adherence encompasses the continuous monitoring and verification of patients to a specific, personalised treatment plan or Personal Care Pathway (PCP). PCPs are critical to maintaining adherence and positive health outcomes for patients, especially those with long term conditions.
Delivering this electronically and at scale; however’ has been impossible to date due to challenges of capturing patient consent and a secure mechanism to deliver personal care information to a patient in a timely and compliant way.
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The MyPCR platform interfaces with all three major UK NHS GP systems enabling National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) based personal care pathways to be rolled out.
“Personal Care Pathways enable significant cost efficiencies, ensuring patients are continuously updated on their treatment path, with 360-degree feedback of their progress to their GP,” explained Glen Ogden, General Manager, Guardtime Health.
“Medication adherence is the best way to ensure positive health outcomes for patients at the earliest opportunity and an essential tool in combatting rising medical costs. Over 30m million patients can benefit from this platform immediately, in the knowledge their data is safe and secure conforming to the very latest standards for data privacy, security and Integrity.”
“Healthcare Gateway have been very successful at brokering real time information between clinical settings for a number of years, and we’re excited to be working with Instant Access Medical in the roll out of MyPCR,” commented Liam King, Director of Commercial and Customer Experience, Healthcare Gateway.
“This technology puts the patient at the centre of their care, where patient consent and data sharing agreements permit.”
“Personal Care Pathways are vital to encouraging self-care and to improving the long-term health of patients. They are a core component in ensuring patients have complete access to personalised self-management of their treatment end to end,” added Dr Stan Shepherd, CEO Instant Access Medical.
“Guardtime’s KSI Blockchain is a fundamental component to delivering this service, providing end to end security of records in transit, guaranteeing immutable integrity for every patient record and ensuring GDPR compliance for patient consent.”
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”