A List of HIE Pain Points Expected in the Longterm Implementation of Project Healthureum
Just like any other extensive project, adopting blockchain in a global healthcare capacity is bound to face an array of tentative problems. And this is not only in the implementation of the project but also in the long-term adoption and integration in the mainstream society. Regardless of what we may plan or attempt to strategise, there’s no refuting that society is often averse to changes. It’s natural for people or a setting (as a whole) to be resistant to changes in the status quo. Bolster this with a couple of infrastructural and logistical challenges, and you have a series of HIE pain points that have to be addressed in the course of the implementation and full-term execution of Project Healthureum. Here they are.
1. Establishing an Extensive and Global Trust Network
The infrastructural challenges to this emanate from the fact that managing an extensive and universal trust network — even with the immense assistance of blockchain technology — is not going to be a walk in the park. There are decisions, for instance, that has to be defined in the course of establishment of a large-scale data exchange system. How well, for example, is the integrity of the exchange platform assured? There’s also need for pre-defining the extent of ‘book-keeping’ in the system. What data will be exchanged and which will be kept under wraps? The fullscale definition of these tentative points will elicit serious HIE pain-points in the long run.
3. Lack of Infrastructural Support Especially in Poor Economies
A blockchain-powered network, just as the name suggests, is highly reliant on the accessibility of the internet for its operation. As such, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to implement such an ecosystem without sufficient internet coverage. And this is one of the major reasons why Project Healthureum is likely to take time before being adopted in less developed or still developing nations that don’t have at least a 50% internet penetration rate. Fortunately, however, the costs of establishing public LANs and Wide Area Networks are reducing by the day. If anything, it is estimated that the world with has an average of 70% internet penetration rate by 2030. The internet is the future, and Project Healthureum is right at the vortex.
4. Synchronization of MPIs ( Master Patient Index )
As much as infrastructural severe/feasibility challenges are facing Project Healthureum, synchronization of Master Patient Indices ( MPIs ) from different regions proves to be one of the most significant HIE pain point. And this arises from the fact that there is a need to seamlessly integrate various identities while still securing the patients’ privacy.
5. Limited Data Access
As much as the world is increasingly becoming a global village, there is still a glaring limited access to relevant health data and information in most parts of the world. This lack of easy access makes it harder for the implementation of Project Healthureum on a global, international scale. Not to mention that some countries, especially in the developing economies, even lack computerised medical records, to begin. What’s more, in places where such public health data is available then the presence of inconsistent permissions and rules inhibit the long-term prospect of the project’s implementation.
6. Varying Data Standards
Varying data standards in different parts and regions of the world present an insurmountable challenge to the implementation of Project Healthureum. And here’s why.
For starters, the project depends on a lot on the seamless integration of different facets of the healthcare industry for it to be entirely successful. Any barrier in the interconnection of these facets will severely inhibit its full implementation.Secondly, the varying data standards are likely to reduce the extent of interoperability in the ecosystem particularly across varying geographical and political boundaries.
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