Performance evaluation of a patient-centric blockchain-based healthcare records management framework

Leila Ismail, Huned Materwala, Moien A.B. Khan

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Abstract

Healthcare records management system has been revolutionized over the last decade aiming to provide accurate, efficient and enhanced patient care. The existing management system is either based on a client/server approach where each hospital maintains its own database or on a cloud approach where the health records are stored in a cloud server and managed by a third-party cloud service provider. However, these approaches suffer from the issues of security, privacy, data vulnerability and fragmentation. Furthermore, healthcare providers and patients are unable to have a unified view of a patient's medical history from all visited medical care centers. This results in additional treatment costs, repeated medical tests and increased time to diagnosis. The data traceability, immutability, transparency, replication, security and privacy traits of the emerging blockchain technology have a promising potential in the healthcare domain addressing these issues. In this paper, we propose BlockHR, a patient-centric healthcare records management system for efficient medical care at an optimal cost. The system enables healthcare providers to enter the patients' medical record data to the blockchain network and allows patients to enter their social data such as sleeping habits, physical activities, and current location. Consequently, BlockHR provides support to doctors for better diagnosis and prognosis. We evaluate the performance of BlockHR in terms of execution time and the total amount of data transferred for ledger update with an increasing number of hospitals and blocks in the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 2nd International Electronics Communication Conference, IECC 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages39-50
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377706
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 8 2020
Event2nd International Electronics Communication Conference, IECC 2020 and the 2nd Blockchain and Internet of Things Conference, BIOTC 2020 - Virtual, Online, Singapore
Duration: Jul 8 2020Jul 10 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference2nd International Electronics Communication Conference, IECC 2020 and the 2nd Blockchain and Internet of Things Conference, BIOTC 2020
Country/TerritorySingapore
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/8/207/10/20

Keywords

  • Blockchain
  • Data security
  • Diagnosis
  • Electronic health records
  • Health data management system
  • Patient-centric; Privacy
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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