According to the Cn-Healthcare report, the First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University will launch a pilot program by January 2021 as blockchain integration is still incomplete. The hospital will use the blockchain technology to store patient and treatment information. The operators also revealed that such a blockchain-powered platform would allow patients to access the so-called “internet hospital” services via a WeChat applet, whose blockchain network stores consultation and treatment data by aiming to maximize contactless solutions due to the pandemic.
Government officials are concerned over data privacy.
Several officials of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told hospital administrators they are not convinced that blockchain infrastructure is safe and are concerned over data security issues. Niu Tie, director of the First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University, said that the information department is facing a lot of pressure from the government, and as a leading hospital in the region, any decision-making was very cautious. The requirements are also very strict in terms of privacy, he added.
Niu Tie said that the Ministry of Information decided to explore the application of blockchain from the perspective of data security and pointed out the direction of development for the technical staff.
China has a history of mass surveillance.
Government officials, Niu said that he wanted the hospital to ensure information can be verified and that it can secure storage, transmission, and access to data. China is well-known for its citizens’ mass surveillance, making such comments contradictory to some of its policies. Dalian hospital officials said that their blockchain platform allows patients to access services via WeChat, whose blockchain network stores consultation and treatment data to maximize contactless solutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The People’s Bank of China is all set to launch the digital yuan. Several experts had also raised concerns over the privacy of the Chinese CBDC.