Last week I participated in the Virtual Blockchain in Healthcare Symposium. The #VBIHS2020 is to be a platform where people related to the healthcare industry can gain in-depth knowledge on how blockchain can leverage the healthcare industry in present & future pandemics. It also convenes the necessary resources to drive systemic transformation and unleash the full potential of blockchain in the healthcare industry.
While Blockchain has generated a lot of interest, its ability yo solve some of healthcare's long standing problems is immense.
Blockchain has the potential to transform India. While it is a foundational technology, it has the ability to make healthcare more sustainable for the future.
Recently we came to know about an interesting incident at a corporate wellness camp. The health workers recording the vital statistics of the participants were making key mistakes in recording the observations. A good example was the height of one of the participants was recorded wrongly as 147 centimeters instead of 157. Immediately the participant became obese as per the record. Similarly, BP was recorded wrongly for another participant. Though both mistakes were eventually rectified, we were left wondering how many such errors happen in the healthcare ecosystem daily and what the consequences of these errors would have been.
A properly designed clinical trial forms a necessary part of successful drug development. To design and execute an efficient trial necessitates understanding collaboration and esteem of a multi disciplinary team. Recently I came across a book, ‘A Quick Guide to Clinical Trials’. The book investigates the fundamentals of studies and to familiarize the anyone new at the basics of clinical trials . Aimed at imparting a company foundation of its drivers, the studies process, checks and balances and more, this publication sets out to provide a perspective of clinical trial process.