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.
Are healthcare systems maybe itself a patient that is impossible to cure? As soon as a new drug—in the shape of a data science technology—is introduced, it is seen as the potential saviour that will finally cure the constantly ill patient.
It is not a technical problem
The reason all new and old technologies fail to cure “the patient” 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 correct solution is simple
As soon as you start to own your own healthcare data you realise that all the various problems plaguing all current healthcare 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 is key
In order to create this new opportunity for you to totally own your record, use of open sourced software is essential. It is your data that should be kept top secret, not the source code for the system. In addition, open source secures that your medical record will always exist, from the time of your birth to when 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.