YOU NEED NOT be an expert with years of healthcare
data-management experience to conclude the field is
a hot mess. One visit to a hospital, clinic, or pharmacy
can convince you of that. Burdened by legacy and
fragmented into silos so alien from one another they
can scarcely communicate, healthcare recordkeeping
has for decades frustrated any and all
efforts to unify it.
The underlying reason couldn’t be
more obvious: Each clinic, hospital,
practice, and pharmacy operates its
own isolated record-management system. The platforms and techniques
vary from organization to organization,
with almost no provisions having been
made to share any of the information.
But what if these records were han-
dled in more of a patient-centric man-
ner, using systems and networks that
allow data to be readily shared by all
the physicians, clinics, hospitals, and
pharmacies a person might choose to
share them with or have occasion to
visit? And, more radically, what if it was
the patients—rather than the provid-
ers—who were considered to actually
own the data?
It was with thoughts like these that
a Toronto-based startup called HealthChain set out to create a platform for
managing a patient’s medication profile on the basis of relationships estab-
Article development led by
A discussion with David Evans,
Richard McDonald, and Terry Coatta.