During the 1990's the internet became mainstream and grew as an open exchange of information. This global communication has brought endless benefits to our society and a lot more is to come. However security was never prioritised, and perhaps never needed to be. Now that our planes, cars, heating and even our kettles are connected to the internet (as well as those devices in everyone's pockets) security and privacy are now top priority.
Blockchain is the security protocol for the internet, it's what it does best. With this protocol comes a network that is immutable and totally anonymous. With healthcare in dire need to use technology effectively, without such security progression will be slow. Security due to blockchain comes from this decentralised infrastructure. There is no single entity that everyone must trust to run a centralised system, and no single point of focus to plan an attack on. This is why it will prove key to healthcare progression, and why it forms the foundation upon which we are building Lacuna Health.
The reason this is so critical is clear: Guaranteed security of data, whether it’s being generated, transferred or stored, means the internet and related technologies can finally reach their potential. In fact, domain J of the NHS Digital outline is all about "Public Trust and Security" stating that:
"Public trust is critical to harnessing the power of information and technology to make health and care better. We want citizens to have complete confidence that health and care data is secure..."
This security problem is real. There were 112 million health care record data breaches due to hacking/IT incidents in 2015. In 2016, it was estimated that one in three health care recipients were a victim of a data breach. The new General Data Protection Regulation coming into effect across the EU in 2018 outlines stricter rules around how data is handled covering requirements such as "privacy by design", "consent" and "right to access". Blockchain technology is a natural protocol to satisfy this regulation, something we are very serious about.