Cyprus Hospitals Adopt Award-Winning Blockchain Medical Record App
YGIA Polyclinic is the latest hospital to adopt the award-winning Aria blockchain app to offer their patients unprecedented access and management of their medical records.
The “Aria Patient” app allows citizens to receive and understand their laboratory results in minutes, from home. Using Blockchain technology, they have enabled the complete privacy of this information ensuring that only patients can view and permit access for others to see their results.
Mr. Savvas Zeidan, IT and Risk Manager at YGIA Polyclinic, said “This is just the first step on our journey towards empowering our patients to have better access to their health and in enabling the benefits of digital health”.
The Aria Health CEO, Georgina Kyriakoudes, echoed this explaining how “by using blockchain technology we set a foundation for radical transparency and enable patient’s to truly own their medical data. This technology will enable an exciting future of connected health and medical innovations. The medical institutions using it will certainly led the future of health”.
A Vision Made Reality
The European Commission have outlined 3 eHealth priorities: citizens’ secure access to their health data, including across borders; personalised medicine through shared European data infrastructure, and; citizen empowerment with digital tools for user feedback and person-centred care.
So far this has been difficult to achieve due to regulatory barriers and data privacy and security concerns. Healthcare data is 10x more valuable than a credit card on the black market and is the data most offered stolen by hackers, with privacy breaches and cases of data being sold increasing significantly during the pandemic.
Blockchain has been recognised internationally as a unique solution. It allows data to be unified but makes it near impossible to be accessed without provides a patient-centric solution for unified access to secure, compliant and reliable medical data.
Yet, most advances of the technology in this space have been at a theoretical and research level, until Aria.
With its first release in the American Medical Centre (AHI) and co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation, the Aria solution brings reality to this vision and for the first time enables patients a user-friendly way to experience the benefits of the technology and better take care of their, and their loved ones, health.
YGIA Polyclinic and Aria Partnership
YGIA Polyclinic is the largest private hospital in Cyprus and is committed to bringing innovation through the digitalisation and automation of procedures to transform the patient experience and provide world-class service.
Aria Health, as an Innovative SME certified by the Ministry of Finance, is supporting Cyprus on it’s mission to accelerate the island’s position as a global tech leader.
The app is available for free in the App and Playstore, titled “Aria Patient”. Patients of these hospitals can request their records remotely and instantly.
During its pilot, over 200 patients started using the app with more than 2,000 medical records sent. Tala, a patient of YGIA Polyclinic, described the app as “The most practical and meaningful app I have on my phone.”