Pradeep Goel from Solve Care told us about genetic privacy.
Genetic data is vulnerable, and blockchain provides a way to help people take ownership of their own genetic data.
The future of blockchain healthcare looks bright.
We spoke with the CEO of Solve.Care about the protection of health data and the proper use of forensic evidence.
How to protect your health data
A major barrier to the provision of healthcare in the United States is that of data privacy. In 2000, the Institutes of Medicine in the United States released a landmark report titled “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System”. In the report, researchers found that up to 98,000 people die each year due to health errors : an opportunity for blockchain?
As the title of the report suggests, despite advances in medicine, people can make mistakes. With the reliability and immutability of blockchain technology, it would be possible to imagine a future where computers can detect errors.
Likewise, new genetic data is becoming available on the Internet, and the implications are not yet known. This is another reason why blockchain healthcare is such a high growth industry. There are even COVID passports on the blockchain. New blockchain advancements in healthcare could indeed affect the whole world.
Pradeep Goel, CEO of Solve.Care, has worked in the healthcare industry for a long time. After stints as an executive in healthcare facilities and insurance companies, Goel turned to healthcare infrastructure that is based on blockchain . The Solve.Care project uses the power and security of blockchain to try and solve a number of healthcare issues.
BeInCrypto (BIC) spoke with Goel to discuss ways blockchain technology could improve healthcare experiences and reduce errors once adopted.
BeInCrypto (BIC) : BeInCrypto (BIC): According to Project Innocence, forged forensic and medical documents led to 24% of all wrongful convictions . How can blockchain solve such a problem by bringing more transparency to the work of laboratory and data management staff?
Pradeep Goel (PG) : The best preventive measure against the falsification of test results in medical laboratories is to have greater surveillance. The blockchain provides a solution thanks to its infinite and immutable data ledger which is easily auditable. Blockchain technology provides conditions for strict record keeping, as well as transparency and security. Thus, it allows easy supervision of the data for the staff to determine the errors present in the blockchain.
BIC : How have law enforcement agencies, laboratories and medical companies working with genetic information shown their interest in the deployment of the blockchain?
PG : There are many potential use cases for blockchain technology in law enforcement in the United States. In particular, the case of verification of evidence. Having an immutable ledger allows them to verify whether the evidence is in fact legitimate. This exact system is already in use in industry labs, especially labs that perform consumer genetic testing. Many biotech companies are now starting to use blockchain technology to enable the secure exchange of DNA data between individuals.
The blockchain: a solution to own your DNA data
BIC : Some consumers fear having their DNA analyzed because the data could be stolen or misused. Do these technologies help prevent this?
PG : Traditionally, consumer genetic testing services receive your genetic data along with your personal data. But when using blockchain technology, DNA is connected to a digital wallet that allows for more encrypted and anonymous transactions, thus protecting your privacy while having more control over what happens to and who in your data. has access.
BIC : The US Pentagon has warned military personnel not to use home genetic testing kits . Additionally, these home kit companies do not protect DNA information the way consumers believe, and law enforcement and courts have pressured companies to disclose data . How can consumers protect their genetic information?
PG : The data stored on the blockchain is spread over different places. Therefore, modifying or deleting data becomes extremely difficult and the risk of losing such information is greatly reduced.
The use of blockchain protects against loss or unauthorized manipulation of data. User control over data is achieved primarily by granting users the right to take their data with them or omit it if they wish.
The blockchain allows the anonymization of access to data, adding another layer of protection. Organizations that collect and store genetic data have an obligation to ensure that they have the full consent of their users. Users must have complete autonomy over their data and be informed of the entire process of collecting, storing and sharing data with third parties.