Carevo is using blockchain technology to optimize medical record retrieval in Indonesia

One visit to the hospital can create many documents including medical records, prescriptions, invoices and more. These printouts are often poorly organized, and patients or their caregivers should monitor them if they are needed in the future. Although there are solutions that digitize these records and offer access through online portals, startup Carevo from Indonesia is taking a step further to use blockchain technology to store them.

By the nature of blockchain technology, the records stored in Carevo are unchanged. Carevo works on a private blockchain using a proof of authority, an algorithm that provides consensus based on the identity and reputation of validators. Only people who are allowed to join the network can write data to the chain. This data is anonymous and encrypted, so no other entities can access it without the permission of their owner.

This means that every Carevo user can access and present their medical history to a healthcare professional if needed.

Carevo service solves a major problem in Indonesia’s healthcare sector. In the absence of a centralized database of medical records in Indonesia, it can be difficult to gather information about a patient’s medical history. Individuals are often required to submit requests for medical records and obtain paper copies. Delays caused by the expectation of tracking a patient’s medical history could worsen their condition and lead to higher treatment costs, according to Fernando Wangsa, CEO of Carevo.

On a larger scale, centralizing medical data on a single blockchain has another advantage – it can provide a quick overview of the medical situation in the country. For example, during the onset of a viral outbreak, multiple clinics and hospitals may respond to the same crisis. If all the data is collected by Carevo, which then offers access to the information, it can lead to a more reliable and timely response.

To address these issues, Carevo uses a patient-centered approach to maintaining personal health records. In particular, Carevo gives patients access to their own medical data at any time, without relying on an external institution. This means that patients or their carers can provide this information in hospitals or clinics, and their healthcare professionals can offer diagnosis and treatment, citing recent journals.

Until now, there has been no such centralization of patient data in Indonesia and no opportunity for anyone to provide this information to health professionals. Carevo monetizes this service in two ways. The first is the subscription model for individuals and businesses that provide health insurance for employees. The second is the Telemedicine Platform (SaaS) for healthcare facilities, which allows them to connect their healthcare professionals with patients in need of consultation.

To date, Carevo has established successful partnerships with several organizations. He manages personal medical records for more than 7,000 Honda Prospect Motor employees, and his telemedicine staff platform is already used by Rumah Sakit Azra Bogor, an award-winning hospital established in West Java. Carevo also engages communities such as the Autoimmune Disease Support Group Komunitas AutoImun Indonesia and the Yayasan Kanker Anak Children’s Cancer Foundation to provide tracking of medical records to its members.

In the future, Carevo plans to create even more partnerships, as it advocates a higher degree of control over its own health care. The company is trying to live up to its name – the result of “health” and “revolution”.

Carevo was among the finalists of Alibaba Cloud x KrASIA Global Startup Accelerator Vietnam-Indonesia Demo Day, which took place on 10 February.

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