The Transformative Potential of Distributed Ledger Technology in Healthcare

We at AfyaRepo are pretty excited about the rapidly evolving landscape in the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) sphere, be it Blockchain or Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG). Here is a technological development with truly transformative potential in many important areas. Our focus is Healthcare. It is an area that has bedevilled experts and policy-makers across the globe, across the ages. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) brings with it a real opportunity to impact healthcare delivery in ways and extent the world hasn’t had for generations. Some of these areas are discussed in the blog-posts below 

IOTA tangle for medical records but what is it? IOTA is a Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) not based on the blockchain but on the ‘tangle’. Is the tangle architecture better than the blockchain? The IOTA developers certainly believe that to be the case. More…   

 

Blockchain in Healthcare: The Estonia Experience

The main spur for the development of technology to secure sensitive records (including personal health records was a major cyber-attack that Estonia suffered in 2007. The attack, believed to be state-sponsored, paralysed the government for days. Scientists in the country went to work to develop a system to prevent similar malicious attacks with a potential to devastate lives down to the individual level. More…

eHealth and Telemedicine Programmes in East Africa

Telemedicine programmes in East Africa, like other parts of the developing world, have been attempted for decades. For most African countries, poor communication infrastructure; the prohibitive cost of equipment and the severe and chronic shortage of healthcare workers especially in rural areas where the majority live are just some of the incentives for an effective e-Health strategy. More…

Cardano can deliver on Healthcare in Africa

Cardano can secure medical records in Africa (and elsewhere).The blockchain and, more specifically, the cryptocurrency space is getting quite crowded. Nor is there any sign that this trend will even out any time soon. This is undoubtedly a result of humankind’s ingenuity and the entrepreneurship spirit born of the potential opportunity to exploit an exciting new technology. In amongst those scrambling to occupy that space, there are visionaries who view this as an opportunity to make a real difference to humankind. Cardano, among others, appears to be one such project. More…

Distributed Ledger Technology: Why AfyaRepo?

AfyaRepo is the perfect eHealth and telemedicine platform. Every healthcare provider across the globe aspires to provide person-based care. We agree. You cannot separate high quality care from person-centred care. We also subscribe to the idea that person-centred care starts with giving that person control of their health records.

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) such as blockchain and Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) ushers in a new paradigm in data storage and information exchange. AfyaRepo utilising third generation distributed ledger technology is aimed at making this aspiration a reality for one and all. More…

eHealth, Blockchain and the Scalability Challenge

It is impossible to look at eHealth and ignore the blockchain scalability challenge. Vitalik Buterin, the Ethereum founder, coined the term ‘trilemma’ referring to the triple practical challenge facing the fast developing blockchain technology. The challenges in question are decentralisation, security and scalability. All three are central components of the technology but, arguably, the degree of criticality varies depending on the nature of the project in question. For healthcare, all three appear to be equally critical. Let’s look at scalability. More…

 

 

 

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