Den Haag, 1st of March 2018 – Last Wednesday a new pilot project was launched on the use of blockchain technology in maternity care. The three-month initiative is being run by the insurer Coöperatie VGZ and the National Healthcare Institute (Zorginstituut Nederland). Over the next few months, in partnership with the maternity care organisations Liemerscare, Kraamzorg Zuid-Gelderland and Kraamzorg VDA, around 50 families receiving maternity care will use the blockchain app Mijn Zorg Log. The pilot project will examine the practical implications of blockchain technology for the administrative processes associated with maternity care. On behalf of the National Healthcare Institute, blockchain specialist Ledger Leopard developed the legally-certified blockchain app Mijn Zorg Log in 2017, and the company is proud to be at the cradle of the first blockchain baby.
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Jeroen van Megchelen, CEO of Ledger Leopard, said: “Last year when the National Healthcare Institute commissioned us to develop a blockchain app for the sector, I knew that it would be an important moment. We had to demonstrate why blockchain technology is the future. The National Healthcare Institute wanted to understand the possibilities and implications of blockchain technology for existing processes, legislation and technologies in the healthcare sector. We started building an app and that became Mijn Zorg Log.”
Coöperatie VGZ and the Dutch Healthcare Institute wanted to examine whether members of the general public could be given more control over their own healthcare data. Van Megchelen is convinced that blockchain technology can make this possible: “Blockchain has four exceptional qualities that make this technology unique, secure and reliable, and these qualities can all be found in Mijn Zorg Log. It connects a variety of data sources, puts the user in charge, the data entered is unchallengeable, and everything works more quickly and efficiently and is therefore cheaper. The pilot project with Mijn Zorg Log is intended to demonstrate whether blockchain technology can in fact be used to optimize administrative processes. So this is all very exciting.”
Three maternity care organizations are taking part in the pilot project. This week the first “blockchain baby” was born. Maternity care workers and young mothers will keep a record of hours of maternity care provided on Mijn Zorg Log using their smartphones. This means that the hours of care provided are recorded and can be viewed directly by the various parties involved. Mothers will decide which parties have access to their data. They will also have real-time information at their fingertips about how many hours of maternity care are left in their budget. This will end the need for checks to be made afterward. The parties expect to have the initial results of the pilot project by the end of April.
Photo: on the 17th of January Robbert Kastercum (Kraamzorg VDA), Wim Peters (Liemerscare), Tiana van Grinsven (Zorginstituut Nederland), Kees Hamster (VGZ) and Richard van den Broek (RadboudUMC from Kraamzorg Zuid-Gelderland) signed a cooperation agreement for the blockchain in maternity care pilot, in presence of blockchain builder Jeroen van Megchelen of Ledger Leopard.
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