Ministry of Science and Technology studies the use of blockchain in medical consultations over the internet

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Ministry of Science and Technology studies use of blockchain in medical appointments via internetNOTÍCIAS

The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is studying the use of blockchain in the telemedicine system in Brazil.

The proposal is from the National Education and Research Network (RNP), which is part of the Ministry, and was unveiled by Dr. Guido Lemos de Souza Filho, during an online forum held recently.

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Thus, according to Lemos the intention of RNP is to create a Golden Pofit „safer“ environment to validate the medical consultations that can be done online.

„Now we want to further protect both patients and doctors. The use of blockchain registration, in this case, will serve as proof of authority and care,“ he said.

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However, the use of blockchain in the sector does not depend on the „good will“ of the RNP or the Science and Technology portfolio but on the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM) that regulates telemedicine in the country.

Although telemedicine is common in several countries, such as China, it was only exceptionally authorized by CFM this year because of the coronavirus, and only a few modalities have been released.

Thus, according to the CFM’s release, telemedicine can be exercised in three modalities:

Teleorientation, which allows doctors to remotely orient and refer patients in isolation;
telemonitoring, which allows, under medical supervision or guidance, health and/or disease parameters to be remotely monitored; and
teleinterconsultation, which allows the exchange of information and opinions exclusively between doctors, for diagnostic or therapeutic assistance.
The services, then, can be provided, provided that with „appropriate technological infrastructure, relevant and comply with the technical standards of CFM relevant to the safekeeping, handling, transmission of data, confidentiality, privacy and guarantee of professional secrecy.

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Therefore any decision on the use or implementation of blockchain in the sector must be made by the CFM.