An iris biometric system built on blockchain technology is set for clinical trials in order to assess its use for patient recognition in the healthcare industry. Patientory Inc, a startup dedicated to healthcare data handling, and UK based IrisGuard, are collaborating on using this technology with blockchain data storage to achieve secure patient screening.
It’s use in healthcare will be through the Patientory app which will allow healthcare providers to verify the identity of patients and is designed to combat fraud and inaccuracies in the system. According to the Pew Research Centre, up to 20 percent of patient records can be incorrectly matched, which as well as risking patient safety, can increase costs.
“The system proactively enhances patient’s peace of mind knowing that healthcare providers are deploying the most accurate biometric/blockchain identification technology available today in an effort to ensure efficiencies of scale, privacy and trust in the healthcare authentication and authorisation processes,” said Imad Malhas, CEO of IrisGuard.
Iris Biometric System Is Scaleable Without Sacrificing Data
All patient data, including histories, prescriptions and transactions, will be logged through the system, which will be secured and verified using the underlying blockchain network. Patientory runs on the private permissioned blockchain, PTOYNet.
“This technology can help providers identify an individual with unparalleled accuracy, through iris-recognition and data matching,” explained Chrissa McFarlane, CEO and founder of Patientory. “And because it’s verified on the blockchain, it’s scalable without sacrificing data security – which is one of the main problems with our current healthcare-data infrastructure.”The system, which uses scans of the eye to verify a person’s identity, is already used by the United Nations to combat human trafficking and the World Food Programme to support refugees.