Why do healthcare systems constantly fail?
First, we have to ask ourselves why healthcare systems constantly fail to solve the core problems in health data management? Despite the fact that they often use the latest data science tools? Is it because new technologies becomes mere buzzwords the software companies use when selling their latest systems to healthcare providers? This is sadly often the case. The latest buzzword, blockchain, will be no exception in this respect.
Maybe it is the EHR itself that is the patient that is impossible to cure?
If that’s the case, as soon as a new drug is introduced, in the shape of a new data science technology, it is seen as the saviour that will finally cure the constantly ill patient.
It is not a technical problem
The reason all new and old technologies have failed to cure “the patient,” i.e. the EHR systems, is because the cause of the problems isn’t technical. We actually never had a privacy or security problem. All we ever had was an ownership problem.
The true solution is simple
As soon as you start to own your own healthcare data you realise that all the various problems plaguing all current EHR systems will disappear. You bring your healthcare data to the care provider, the same way you bring your body. No need for your hospital to store and manage your medical records anymore.
Open source philosophy is key
In order to create this opportunity to totally own your medical records, committing to open source philosophy is essential. It is your data that should be kept top secret, not the source code for the system.
In addition, open source philosophy secures that your medical records will always exist and be available, from the day you are born to the day you die, potentially 100+ years later.
The simplest way to implement a medical record functionality is to take one of the wiki engines available as open source.