During the pandemic, there was a rise in remote doctors appointments, also known as telehealth. This option was appealing due to the convenience of receiving physical and mental health care from the comfort of their own homes. This was when social distancing was being strongly enforced. Many patients didn’t realize that telehealth may have put some of their most sensitive data at risk of being hacked.
Telehealth stems from a lack of security over the collection, use, and sharing of data. The lack of security made it easier for patients to share their data with providers. It also made it easier for third parties to access their information as well. With no paper trail, patients and providers had no way of knowing whether or not their sensitive information was being shared.
To solve this problem, providers are beginning to incorporate block chain applications into their everyday routines. Blockchain-powered telehealth increases security while also supplying a seamless exchange of data between doctors and patients. A ledger is also kept of all data so that both parties are able to see who is looking at this data. This ensures that there are no breaches in security. This ledger increases consumer confidence in the system. Overall, this makes for a more reliable and beneficial experience for both patients and providers.
With all the benefits of blockchain, hospitals across the country should make the switch to a more reliable cybersecurity system.
Learn more about blockchain and health in the infographic below: