A Framework for User-Focused Electronic Health Record System Leveraging Hyperledger Fabric

Mandla Ndzimakhwe, Arnesh Telukdarie, Inderasan Munien, Andre Vermeulen, Uche K. Chude-Okonkwo, Simon P. Philbin

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Abstract

This research study aims to examine the possibilities of Hyperledger Fabric (HLF) in the healthcare sector. The study addresses the gap in the knowledge base through developing customization techniques to enable the simplicity and efficacy of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) adoption for healthcare industry applications. The focus of this research explores methods of using blockchain technology that prioritise users. The investigation of several concepts used in developing web applications has been determined. The study identified that an open-source project, known as Hyperledger Fabric, can be utilised to construct a novel method of storing EMRs. The framework provides a test network that can be customised to satisfy the need of several projects, including storing medical records. This research additionally outlines the difficulties encountered and problems that need to be resolved before Hyperledger Fabric can be successfully implemented in healthcare systems. Considering all types of blockchains available, the needs are met by Hyperledger Fabric, which offers a distributed and secure environment for healthcare systems. Blockchain has the potential to transform healthcare by putting the patient at the centre of the system and enhancing health data protection and interoperability. Also, by using grant and revoke access mechanisms, patients have complete control over their medical information as well as authorized doctors who are allowed to view records. This functionality is made possible by the chaincode defined in the blockchain platform. The research study has both practitioner and research implications for the development of secure blockchain-based EMRs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number51
JournalInformation (Switzerland)
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • blockchain
  • chaincode
  • distributed network
  • electronic health record
  • electronic medical record
  • grant access
  • healthcare
  • hyperledger fabric network
  • ledgers
  • revoke access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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