BlockHR: A Blockchain-based Framework for Health Records Management

Leila Ismail, Huned Materwala

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have become a popular method to store and manage patients' data in hospitals. Sharing these records make the current healthcare system more accurate and cost-efficient. Currently, EHRs are stored using the client-server architecture allowing the hospitals or a cloud service provider to retain the stewardship of the patients' data. In addition, the records of a patient are scattered among different hospitals using heterogeneous databases. Consequently, patients face difficulties to construct a cohesive view of their medical data history to focus on the details of their healthcare. The replication mechanism and security features of the blockchain has a promising future in the healthcare domain presenting solutions to the complexity, confidentiality, integrity, interoperability, and privacy issues of the current client-server architecture-based EHRs management system. In this paper, we propose a blockchain-based framework for health records management (BlockHR); a medical support system for medical professionals for better prognosis/diagnosis and follow-up on patients. BlockHR incorporates tools for patients to upload medical and lifestyle data used to predict their risk of developing chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICCMS 2020 - 12th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation and ICICA 2020 - 9th International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Applications
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages164-168
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377034
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 22 2020
Event12th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation, ICCMS 2020 and the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Applications. ICICA 2020 - Virtual, Online, Australia
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 24 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation, ICCMS 2020 and the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Applications. ICICA 2020
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityVirtual, Online
Period6/22/206/24/20

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Client-server architecture
  • Electronic health records
  • Health information management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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