The patent Unified Identification Protocol in Training and Health in the USA (US 11,636,776) has been granted to the Spanish company Conéctate Soluciones y Aplicaciones SL (ConnectHealth) and it is patent pending in other countries.
This protocol enables citizens and their legal guardians to unify data from different systems and makes it possible to universally identify patients, products, services, and health and health training professionals (e.g., self-care courses, healthcare services, medical doctors, nursing professionals, etc.). The protocol verifies the certification of professionals in each territory and allows citizens to verify that they are being taken care of by health personnels, medical services, pharmacies and insurers (among others) that are already verified and trustworthy, for example, for telemedicine solutions, contracting insurance and purchase of medicines.
With the world becoming more digital, it seems logical to record the steps and processes that are carried out in the field of health care with a convenient and secure method, in order to eliminate human error. The unified identification protocol, certified by the blockchain, establishes a sense of trust and security among all parties involved, and allows greater compliance and transparency in the system to make digital monitoring better and identifying frauds more easily.
Through its correct implementation, the patients, donors or their legal guardians would be able to unify:
– clinical records from different health providers such as lab test results, surgical data;
– identity documents such as passport, driving license, national identity documents;
– access rights granted to different types of services including medical consultations, physiotherapy, airlines, insurance companies, etc.;
– health cards and public or private insurance as well as their coverage.
The UNID Foundation’s blockchain network (UNID Network) will certify the authenticity of these records and then allow for automatic authorizations and audit trails. The Unified Identification Protocol in Training and Health also helps to eliminate possible fraud by providing a tool to different parties for real-time identity and data verification.
Practical use case:
A use case example of the protocol in action would be a pregnant woman with a stress problem. She could use the protocol to find registered medical practitioners, verify their qualifications, and make an appointment. In the medical consultation, the patient would identify herself through the universal health identifier and authorize the creation of a connection with access permissions to her clinical data, identity, and health cards. If the evidence of the digital identity of a patient or legal guardian has not been registered in the blockchain network, the doctor can act as an identity verifier with some official document, the evidence of which will be registered in the blockchain.
The unified identification protocol also allows for seamless payment authorizations to medical services and pharmacies, as well as easy verification of prescription authenticity. In the above case, if the patient is detected with hypertension in the consultation and medication is prescribed, the patient can authorize payment to the medical service through a configured payment method. Once the doctor receives the payment, the patient receives an update of her data index about the prescription and the medical report automatically being certified in the UNID Network. Henceforth, the patient can check registered pharmacies using this protocol, select one of them, establish a connection, and then submit the prescription and make a payment. The pharmacy sells the prescribed drugs to the individual after verifying the authenticity of the prescription and the transaction is then certified in the UNID Network.
Professionals with established connections to patients and their legal guardians can submit recommendations for self-care or caregiver courses, and patients can participate in these courses and share their anonymous data for research. In addition, thanks to the access permissions to the patient’s data registered in the blockchain, the protocol also allows for monitoring of the patient’s health status and progress in personal self-care and healthy living.
Subsequently, if the patient decides to travel to a different country for her treatment, the protocol can be used to verify the authenticity of travel agencies, flight companies, hotels, and professionals involved in medical treatment (their registration in a professional association and current medical licenses) in other countries. Evidence of the identity of patients and legal guardians, as well as other data such as authorized vaccinations, can be verified by entities such as travel agencies, airlines or border control etc., making travel and medical treatment safer and more secure.
Overall, the unified identification protocol for training and health is a game-changing tool that offers significant benefits for patients, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders involved in health and personal care services.
For more information, visit www.connecthealth.info