Blockchain for Strengthening the Privacy of Healthcare Data

Blockchain for Strengthening the Privacy of Healthcare Data

Stefan Kendzierskyj (Northumbria University, London Campus, UK), Hamid Jahankhani (Northumbria University, London Campus, UK) and SHU I. Ndumbe (Northumbria University, London Campus, UK)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJoSE.2019010102

Abstract

The desire for eHealth systems is ever-growing as public institutions, healthcare providers, and its users see the positive gains from having systems of patient health information held in a single place; a decentralized connected architecture called blockchain. This concept can solve the interoperability issues and integrate the fragmented way healthcare records are held and present a more transparent, secure method to share data and protect patient privacy. The aim of this article is to provide a supportive environment for the health and social care workplace with special reference in the Primary Care sector in England on the impact and changes to the information governance toolkit (IGTK) as a result of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force from May 2018. These challenges will also include the implementation of the National Data Guardian (NDG) review of data security and opt-outs amongst others.
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Blockchain And Healthcare Data Privacy

Patient data is retained in a multitude of provider silos as they move from one provider to another (Azaria et al., 2016) whereas it may be more beneficial to the patient if there was a transparent view of all events whatever provider was used. Data ownership, transparency and auditability looks to be common privacy issues as per Zyskind et al. (2015) in their work to position blockchain as a better method to protect and secure personal data.

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