A blockchain-based healthcare platform for secure personalised data sharing

Juliana Bowles*, Thais Webber, Euan Blackledge, Andreas Vermeulen

*Corresponding author for this work

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To facilitate personalised healthcare provision across Europe, we envision solutions that enable the secure integration and sharing of medical health records. These solutions should address privacy concerns, such as granular access control to personal data, establishing what should be accessible when and by whom, whilst complying with collective regulatory frameworks such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and adhering to international standards on how to manage information security. The proposed healthcare system design integrates technologies such as blockchain and scalable data lakes with adequate system routines to guarantee the secure access of confidential data. In this paper, we present the essential architectural components for the secure integration of medical records in a blockchain-based platform. We present a patient-centric data retrieval approach which incorporates a structured format to compose access rules.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Health and Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of MIE 2021
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643681856
ISBN (Print)9781643681849
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021

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© 2021 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. All rights reserved.


  • Access rules
  • Blockchain
  • Data lake
  • Healthcare system
  • Medical records


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