Database silos are private computer servers that contain information that is accessible to a single organization. Enterprise silos run on customized software, and they provide limited access to each authorized user. Every organization in the healthcare sector runs a database and selects an EHR system based on the organization’s size, budget, and availability. Patients today have numerous medical records, with each one created and maintained by a different health provider. No single resource has the complete medical data of the average patient.
Why Database Silos are Bad for Health Care
Today, every healthcare organization controls a small portion of medical data. Lifestyle mobile apps own fitness and nutrition data. There’s a high price tag on medical information, and no one wants to cover it. Database silos are also slowing down the progress of the healthcare industry in many ways.
Healthcare data exchange is not considered when developing databases and EHR systems. Hence, transferring medical files from one organization to another becomes difficult due to format incompatibility and transfer resources.
Difficulty in Data Research
Scientists and researchers face difficulties when collecting medical data. Since healthcare data is scattered across different locations, clinical research takes a longer time. Researchers need to follow regulations and form contracts. They may end up receiving poor data quality even with their best efforts.
Inconsistency & Duplicated Effort
Every user has limited access, with two or more employees may be working on the same task. Identical files are copied and stored many times over. This redundancy causes a waste of storage capacity and resources. Every department within one organization works in silos as well, with limited opportunities for collaboration.
Siloed databases face many security threats. They are common victims of computer hacking attacks. The stored data is at a greater risk of loss since it is not distributed and may be lost forever due to malfunction or power outage.
Patientory Eliminates Siloed Systems
The PTOYMatrix network blockchain connects hospitals, clinics, researchers, and patients into a single information ecosystem – not a silo. It is a secure data storage network that synchronizes existing EHR systems with interoperability at the core of its operation. Transferring medical records is no longer a hassle in a distributed network.
Scientists and researchers may shop for medical data through the Data Marketplace. Interested individuals choose to share their medical history and join any clinical trial if they qualify. Researchers receive authentic records, and the results of trials are produced rapidly.
The patient has full ownership of his data. They are the sole authority of their data and choose the hospitals and health providers that can access them. The patient has full access and control through the Patientory mobile app. It eliminates siloed systems, while collaboration between individuals and organizations becomes seamless and frictionless.
Healthcare database facilities are HIPAA-compliant, and any access to the records is done through the Patientory blockchain. Every information exchange is established with end-to-end encryption through a private blockchain scheme. The data sent is verified and immutable.
Siloed healthcare databases are systems that have outlived their usefulness. Patientory is building a blockchain network that benefits every stakeholder. Currently, there are more than 10,000 health providers on the PTOYMatrix network. Patientory is expanding in the US and very soon will launch in other countries too.
The emergence of a new and transformed global healthcare record system is on the horizon, and Patientory is leading the revolution.