Prof Bill Buchanan OBE, who leads on cyber-security at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “With blockchain, we have the opportunity to create a more trustworthy health and care infrastructure in Scotland, and that this can be used to both improve both patient safety and cyber-security. The collaboration with Spiritus brings extensive international experience of integrating data-driven systems within healthcare, and which are secure, scaleable and robust.”
The project is aimed at laying the groundwork for safe, private and secure remote care for patients using wearables and other mobile-enabled devices. No direct patient data is involved. Analytics will be applied to the device tracking in order to improve operational efficiency, patient safety and clinical outcomes.
Using a distributed registry, it is anticipated that the pilot will be able to reduce response times to issues such as product recalls and field notices which are regularly issed by both manufacturers and regulators. Blockchain will deliver improved cyber-security and automation across the lifecycle of these devices.
Spiritus CEO Susan Ramonat said: “When we looked for places and academic partners with whom to collaborate on such ground-breaking research, Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University stood out. Prof Buchanan’s cyber-security expertise and deep commitment to transforming health and social care’s infrastructure are extraordinary and invaluable. We believe that both organisations will bring the best to bear through this exciting project. We’re also inspired to Scotland’s commitment to find new ways for delivering health and social care with patient safety and cyber-security at the forefront.”