Augusta HiTech unveils EHR blockchain platform: 4 things to know

Blockchain developer Augusta HiTech launched its first blockchain-powered EHR platform, which streamlines data sharing between patients and emergency medical services.

Four things to know:

1. The platform, called One Med Chart, can be accessed via app and allows individuals to record their health information, such as medical records or current medications, straight to their mobile devices.

2. Healthcare providers, physicians and EMS personnel can access patient's information through the app as well.

"Hospital staff can quickly log into the health record system for an individual at an emergency room to learn about their past medical history," Augusta HiTech Chief Strategy Officer Sean Caputo said in a news release.

3. One Med Chart's blockchain technology helps keep users' medical information protected through multi-factor authentication and encryption.

4. Physicians can send patients' EHRs through fax, e-mail, directly through the EHR system or upload information to One Med Chart.

"Our blockchain solution for One Med Chart is designed to give patients a more significant stake in managing their healthcare and to prevent unnecessary deaths from lack of information while providing a measurable impact on cost-effectiveness in hospital settings," Mr. Caputo said.

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