A blockchain technology company has announced that cryptocurrency is being used to access GP video consultations through its telemedicine application.
Medicalchain is piloting MyClinic.com at The Groves Medical Centre in London, as the company aims to create ‘borderless healthcare’, by allowing patients to access flexible, safe healthcare and have greater control over their health records.
Maria Rodriguez, the first patient to use cryptocurrency to access an appointment with her GP, said: “It’s super cool to finally use cryptocurrency to purchase services. MyClinic.com is easy to use and I love the fact that I can talk to a doctor I know well and trust. I found the report that was sent by the doctor within a few minutes really helpful and reassuring.”
In addition, the blockchain technology will allow patients to securely view and share their consultation notes. The ultimate aim is to facilitate automatic integration of healthcare reports. Currently, medical records are stored on different systems across GP practices and hospitals, often resulting in incomplete and sometimes conflicting information that pose risks such as misdiagnosis, delay in treatment or even death. The pilot provides patients access and agency over their post-appointment notes, with the full feature rolled out once integration with the two UK medical data solutions used by GPs is complete – this is due in the next six months.
Dr Abdullah Albeyatti – Co-Founder and CEO, Medicalchain, said: “Today marks the first step in Medicalchain’s international mission to empower patients to have greater choice over how and where they receive medical advice, as well as how they control the use of their medical information. One of the first steps is introducing blockchain facilitated video consultations with their GP, paid for with cryptocurrency. Following a successful pilot with The Groves Medical Group in South West London the service will then expand to offer full wrap around health services across the UK, Europe and then the world.”