Blockchain disrupting PHRs – 2nd Athens Digital Health Meetup

Established public health realities and future trends were the subjects of the 2nd Athens Digital Health (eHealth) Meetup, held on April 19, 2017, at Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry with 70 participants representing business, health IT, local government and other sectors.
Lately, there are concerns over the news on controversial health data access by State authorities. What would it take for our health records to be truly private, controlled by ourselves and safe from the potential manipulation of ill-willing authoritarian rulers? Can blockchain technology be a solution? Is a distributed system feasible for personal health records? eHealth Forum turned to a team of developers from NTUA and asked them whether it can be done.
With a view towards the future, George Efthymiou from the medical_io team* presented their ambitious plan to deliver a distributed PHR system that will provide real data privacy. Medical uses blockchain technology & cryptographic processes to provide a unique infrastructure to patients’ medical records.
On the reality side, Athina Triantafillidi, IT Director at IDIKA presented “The Greek ePrescription System: An eHealth suite for the support of Primary Health Care”; explained the developments behind the eGovernment Organisation for Social Security and what led them to be considered one of the leading European examples in implementing a digital reference for all those living in Greece.
Finally, the eHealth Forum team presented the participants and the planned actions of the Greek delegation and Pavilion at the largest EU event, the eHealth Week to be held in Malta on 10-12 May 2017.

*medical-io team: George Efthymiou, Sotiria Kalivi, Fotis Papastergiou, Christos Martinis, Nikos Drakopoulos