Estonian Guardtime launches a personal care record platform for the UK NHS patients

The Estonian-founded, Amsterdam-based software security company, Guardtime, has launched a blockchain-supported personal care record platform, offering 30 million British National Health Service patients instant access to their primary care information.

The programme, called MyPCR, is, according to the company, the world’s first comprehensive blockchain-supported personal care record platform. It’s currently live with up to 30 million NHS patient records, allowing them to access their health care records from their smartphones.

“The platform is designed to deliver immutable proof of health data provenance and integrity, GDPR patient data rights management and automated verification of medication adherence,” the company said in a statement.

The platform was launched in partnership between Guardtime, Instant Access Medical and Healthcare Gateway.

Personalised treatment plan

“The MyPCR platform interfaces with all three major UK NHS GP systems, enabling the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence based personal care pathways to be rolled out to patients. For access to the MyPCR platform, patients should contact their local GP for details,” the company said.

According to Guardtime, in the US, it is estimated that medication non-adherence adds an additional 290 billion dollars annually in health-care costs. “It’s the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality, responsible for 30% to 50% of treatment failures and 125,000 deaths annually,” the company pointed out. “As the industry scrambles to improve quality and lower costs, non-adherence to medication is a topic that everyone in the health-care ecosystem needs a solution for: health-care providers, insurers, life science companies and patients all stand to benefit.”

Patient medication adherence means the continuous monitoring and verification of patients to a specific, personalised treatment plan. These plans “are critical to maintaining adherence and positive health outcomes for patients, especially those with long term conditions,” according to Guardtime. “Delivering this electronically and at scale however has been impossible to date due to challenges of capturing patient consent and a secure mechanism to deliver personal care information to a patient in a timely and compliant way.”

Guardtime is an Estonian-founded, Amsterdam-based software security company, established in 2007. The National Health Service is the publicly funded national healthcare system for England and one of the four National Health Services for each constituent country of the United Kingdom. It is the largest single-payer healthcare system in the world.

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About the author: Sten Hankewitz

Sten Hankewitz is a lifelong journalist and Deputy Editor at Estonian World. Having lived in Estonia, Spain, the UK and all around the US, he now resides in Chicago, IL. He loves to write and besides working at Estonian World and doing some occasional blogging, he writes books and contributes to other outlets in Estonia, Israel and elsewhere. He has strong convictions and he shows them unashamedly. You can follow him on Twitter, like his page on Facebook or check out his personal blog. You can write to Sten at sten@estonianworld.com.