MTBC adds blockchain technology to EHR

MTBC, a provider of cloud-based health IT solutions and services, integrated blockchain technology into its EHR to further interoperability and secure storage of medical information.

The blockchain technology, called Hyperledger, links directly to the EHR that includes a patient portal. Patients can choose to grant different levels of access to physicians regardless of the physician's EHR. The physician can add data in the blockchain, which is then mirrored in the EHR in real-time, allowing the original record to remain up-to-date.

MTBC is also allowing other EHR vendors to connect to the blockchain. This will eliminate the need for providers to duplicate entries in their original EHRs and in the blockchain by linking all records through one data entry point. Additionally, the blockchain technology will give patients a key to access their own data.

MTBC is rolling out the blockchain product in phases. Currently, it is focused on features that allow patients to grant providers access to medication-related information. The second phase will include sharing physician notes, laboratory reports and clinical assessments.

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