Visible to the public A Secure and Scalable Data Source for Emergency Medical Care using Blockchain Technology

TitleA Secure and Scalable Data Source for Emergency Medical Care using Blockchain Technology
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHasavari, Shirin, Song, Yeong Tae
Conference Name2019 IEEE 17th International Conference on Software Engineering Research, Management and Applications (SERA)
Date Publishedmay
Keywordsannual mortality rate, blockchain, blockchain technology, confidentiality, continuous recording system, data audibility, data authentication, data privacy, data scalability, Data security, distributed ledger, electronic data interchange, emergency medical care, Emergency medical services, emergency patient death rate, emergency services, emergency-relevant medical data, Fabrics, file transfer methods, Health Care, health care delivery system, healthcare providers, healthcare settings, high quality prehospital care, hospitals, medical care providers, medical data items, medical information systems, medical record sharing, Medical services, patient care, patient care-cycle, patient data, patient Emergency relevant medical data, patient visits, patient walk, Peer-to-peer computing, Permissioned blockchain Network, prehospital death rates, pubcrawl, Scalability, Scalable blockchain, scalable data source, Scalable Security, secure data source, security of data, Servers, trauma care, trauma centers
AbstractEmergency medical services universally get regarded as the essential part of the health care delivery system [1]. A relationship exists between the emergency patient death rate and factors such as the failure to access a patient's critical data and the time it takes to arrive at hospitals. Nearly thirty million Americans do not live within an hour of trauma care, so this poor access to trauma centers links to higher pre-hospital death rates in more than half of the United States [2]. So, we need to address the problem. In a patient care-cycle, loads of medical data items are born in different healthcare settings using a disparate system of records during patient visits. The ability for medical care providers to access a patient's complete picture of emergency-relevant medical data is critical and can significantly reduce the annual mortality rate. Today, the problem exists with a continuous recording system of the patient data between healthcare providers. In this paper, we've introduced a combination of secure file transfer methods/tools and blockchain technology as a solution to record patient Emergency relevant medical data as patient walk through from one clinic/medical facility to another, creating a continuous footprint of patient as a secure and scalable data source. So, ambulance crews can access and use it to provide high quality pre-hospital care. All concerns of medical record sharing and accessing like authentication, privacy, security, scalability and audibility, confidentiality has been considered in this approach.
Citation Keyhasavari_secure_2019