The Health Secretary today announced patients could use an app to book GP appointments and a new raft of cash in the form of £200 million to be spent on transforming systems within the NHS to make social care, GP’s and hospitals ‘more joined up’. The Secretary of State told a conference of practitioners:

“Our hospitals operate dozens of systems each that don’t talk to each other. GPs, social care, pharmacies and community care are on different systems. Systems crashing is a regular occurrence. The social care system is not at all integrated when its integration is vital.”

We’ll wait until we see the detail on what the ‘cutting-edge technology’ is that will be used to drive this technological revolution but we would assert that blockchain should be at the heart of it. Why? Matt Hancock himself told a radio interviewer about a terrible crash his own sister was involved in. Her injuries were life-threatening and she undertook six months of rehabilitation. After six months she visited her GP in order to get a certificate so she could re-apply for a drivers licence. Her own GP asked her what the problem had been as he didn’t have access to her records.

In this day and age, the fact that the Health Service cannot access, instantly, the records of any patient is alarming. But, it doesn’t need to be like this. If a patient’s medical records were stored on a blockchain any part of the NHS, with ‘the key’ to a person’s records could access them, instantly. What’s more, the records stored on the blockchain is indelible and cannot be changed without another record of this change.

We have discussed before how blockchain will disrupt healthcare. We would be surprised if blockchain didn’t form a part of the plans for the NHS and we shall await more details of the government strategy with interest.

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