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Upgrading our digital health infrastructures with blockchain-based records

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doi:10.7244/cmj.2018.08.001
D Akarca, K Saleh and P Xiu

In recent decades, the medical profession has come under immense pressure to maintain effective services for its changing patient demographic. Namely, an aging population with increasingly complex chronic diseases requiring multifarious care. There is no indication the problems we are increasingly facing today are to change without urgent innovation within the NHS on many fronts. Simply put, the NHS must implement resourceful ways to streamline its services. Here we outline from first principle a new way to store and utilise patient records, based upon blockchain technology, for potential wide-spread use within the NHS. This method aims to provide users with fully secure and validated access to their complete health record.

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