Medical facilities and clinics are foundational to the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care. They have long followed a one-to-one approach, where the provider (clinician) is at the center of the patient care process.
This model, however, due to its rigidity, siloed data and other factors often leads to barriers in the deployment of more holistic, team-based care.
Enter dClinic, or “digital clinic,” a rapidly emerging blockchain enterprise that aims to break down these silos to ensure more comprehensive, just-in-time patient care experiences. Through collaborative efforts with providers, governments and healthcare organizations, dClinic’s innovative use of blockchain technology seeks to ease friction points associated with traditional medical systems.
Widely touted as the first healthcare company to run a clinic ecosystem on a dedicated Public Healthcare Blockchain (PHB), dClinic recognizes the global nature of electronic record access among consumers and care team providers throughout the world.
The dClinic model is predicated on partnerships with local expert providers. It employs a Care Team Model where a patient can dictate their own care with the support of providers, clinicians, specialists, organizations and even family members.
dClinic also provides a mechanism where consumers can participate in their own self-directed wellness and vitality activities through surveys and wearables. dClinic then utilizes the blockchain to reward and support consumers for their participation and adherence to their personal plans. This is all tied to the broader aim of saving lives and reducing healthcare costs.
dClinic’s Batam Partnership
Batam is a quaint island the South China Sea along the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia. Located a short distance from Singapore, it functions as a free trade zone with a set of bustling ports. Batam is also a mecca for shopping, beaches, and nightlife.
In recent months dClinic began implementing a private healthcare blockchain in Batam at a secure data center in conjunction with BP Batam Authority. The primary aim of this project is to validate its effectiveness in delivering a secure, dependable and flexible Longitudinal Electronic Health Record (“LEHR”) for patients.
This partnership involves BP Batam, through BP Batam Hospital, and dClinic, in conjunction with the project management and clinical governance expertise of Deloitte Southeast Asia and JP Consulting.
Currently, several Indonesian government teams are tracking the effectiveness of this project closely with the intent of eventually rolling it out throughout the country.
Says Dr. Richard Satur, CEO of dClinic: “Bringing these companies together shows how exciting blockchain can be for healthcare. We aim to show the rest of the world how blockchain can be leveraged to offer proactive and positive outcomes for consumers across Indonesia.”
Satur describes dClinic as “a small, totally self-funded but agile company that has grown over the last 5 years to around fifty professionals worldwide.” He refers to these experts as “the best of the best,” spanning blockchain, clinical modeling, and clinical practices.
Dr. Richard Satur
“I and most of my staff have been working in healthcare for over 15 years. I have taken on senior management roles for many healthcare companies and my team has developed solutions across a wide spectrum of healthcare. dClinic is the culmination of years of practicing our trades which includes a high-level of research and development. We’ve brought together like-minded individuals with a collective goal to solve the common ailments suffered by healthcare everywhere. dClinic is our family.”
Satur believes that one of the biggest points of frustrating for patients worldwide is where they are tasked with filling out medical forms, again and again, repeating the same information for each healthcare encounter. Adding to the frustration, he says, is a situation where a patient doesn’t know their medication, what they were diagnosed with, or when they last saw their doctor.
Says Satur: “This is not an efficient use of the available healthcare data. In fact, it’s dangerous and can lead to potentially dire outcomes for patients and providers.”
Satur strongly believes that patients should be rewarded for participating in their own healthcare.
“Why can’t they be rewarded for their adherence? If they do the right things healthwise, then they are adding to the benefits of their own healthcare while simultaneously creating long-term savings for the overall healthcare system.”
Ultimately he believes that a system and infrastructure that’s able to provide solutions to these wide-ranging interactions and variable consumer needs is a must for the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care.
“Infrastructure and technology that can allow governments, organizations, providers, and consumers to better manage and work with their healthcare data is the solution.”
Satur points out that distributed ledger solutions have been around for some time. He says that over the last 10 years, especially through his own Ph.D. in AI and Data Mining, he’s come to appreciate the value Blockchain can offer the healthcare industry.
“I have given a number of presentations worldwide around my deeply held belief that ‘Healthcare Needs Blockchain’ and that ‘Blockchain is Healthcare’s savior.’ In fact, I firmly and absolutely believe that Healthcare cannot make the necessary quantum advances it needs too without Blockchain.”
According to Satur, USD$32mil in property has been secured for future dClinic facilities.
“We also have a number of other properties around the world we are still negotiating. All of these facilities are going to be branded with a resort-type feel to them because we believe there is no reason not to live life to the fullest, even when you are rehabilitating. Remembering we are talking about consumers and not just patients.”
“The actual operation of clinics is not dClinic’s core business. Rather, it’s the adoption of a proven model where we would supply the facility (or dClinic) a high-level services framework along with an operating platform to an experienced local provider to deliver the actual healthcare services. Ultimately our goal is to foster a valuable public health blockchain that makes a meaningful impact on the ‘whole of life’ healthcare journey for patients and consumers worldwide.”
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Managing Editor Michael Scott is a renowned blockchain journalist with a strong passion for the new digital economy. Prior to his career in media, he spent 10+ years serving leadership posts in healthcare, including UC Davis Medical Center institutional review board. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The Ohio State University and a Master of Public Administration in Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco.