Patientory Wins “Innovation Mention” in #Patient2Consumer Challenge

Last week, Patientory CEO Chrissa McFarlane presented Patientory as a finalist in the 1776-MedStar #Patient2Consumer Challenge in Washington, DC. Although we did not win the grand prize, we received the next best thing. recognition!

In the end, the judges named Patientory an “Innovation Mention.” That means we get the opportunity to propose a future pilot to MedStar Health in collaboration with other strategic partners. It’s an honor, and we’re delighted by their recognition of Patientory’s promise.

Out of hundreds of entrants, Patientory made the cut as part of the final 15 challengers. Thank you to MedStar Health and 1776 for providing this opportunity.


Patientory’s Place in the Global Healthcare Industry

Like most people, we too have come away from interactions with the healthcare system all too often feeling exasperated and angry. When comparing personal and professional experiences, the root causes immediately have become clear: healthcare is not personal and there is no central depository of our own health information.

First, it’s important to take a wider perspective and understand the 3 challenges plaguing our healthcare system:

  1. The system currently lacks any sort of centralized depository for personal health information (PHI). Without this depository, PHI is unevenly distributed, frustratingly duplicated among care teams, and needlessly cumbersome to access.
  2. Patients do not own their PHI. In an environment where patients and caregivers are being asked to coordinate among larger care teams, this has led to frustration, decreased quality of care, and increased hospital readmissions (which also lead to more fines for hospitals)..
  3. Technology to safely secure PHI is largely absent, unable to scale, or has proven ineffective. This has led to record fines, increased costs, and increased vulnerability to cyberattacks such as ransomware.

Patientory aims to answer these challenges with a system that works for both patients and doctors:

  • Patientory’s mobile app allows patients to create an individual profile. On this profile, they store their medical information on a secure, HIPAA-compliant blockchain platform. Then they can connect with care providers as well as other patients who have similar health issues or concerns. This allows patients greater control over their overall health across multiple care teams, both inside and outside the hospital.
  • Doctors (and their healthcare organizations) use Patientory to get the patient’s complete and up-to-date medical history. In addition, Patientory utilizes blockchain to keep PHI secure, mitigate damaging data breaches, and even execute smart contracts at every stage of the patient care billing and payment cycle.

While many have come forward to support our optimistic vision of a more personal healthcare system, others have sprung up with a skeptical eye. How can you expect to succeed, they ask, when others have already failed? There are four ways to answer this question:

  • The timing is right.
    For healthcare organizations, the situation is growing increasingly fraught. Ransomware like WannaCry are no longer relegated to the relative obscurity of info security blogs. Instead, news about ransomware is loudly broadcasted on mainstream global news outlets like CNN and the BBC.
  • The technology is finally mature.
    Instead of having one central administrator act as a gatekeeper to data, blockchain deploys one shared ledger spread across a network of synchronized, replicated databases visible to anyone with the authorized access. It is virtually impossible for a cyber criminal to hack one block in the chain without simultaneously hacking every other block in the chain’s chronology. This makes blockchain incredibly appealing to not only store a patient’s entire health history, but determine who should have access to it.
  • We take a different approach.
    We have deliberately chosen a path that does not require healthcare IT executives to impose a new solution or dispose of their legacy capital investments. Instead, our system is a bridge that seamlessly integrates with existing EMR systems such as Meditech, EPIC, Allscripts, and Cerner. In addition, we leverage smarter technologies such as machine learning and AI to help provide better care treatment plans, which promote better health outcomes.
  • Patients are demanding to own their own data.
    From Fitbits to fitness apps, a plethora of products have ushered in the age of the quantified self. Patients – both healthy and ill – are accustomed to owning their health data and are now demanding healthcare organizations unlock their silos. Our app lets patients create a universal profile to keep track of their entire health history. The will provide an easy and hassle free way of tracking doctor visits, medical bills, personal medical information, insurance, immunizations and pharmacy medications. All of this information can then be shared with other providers, labs and diagnostic services.

Join the Mission
We invite you to join our mission to make healthcare more personal:

  • Let’s empower patients globally by giving them access to their health information.
  • Let’s connect patients with their many caregivers for improved health outcomes.
  • Let’s give doctors and healthcare organizations the safety and security of lower risk of cyberattacks and lower costs.

By doing all of this, we not only make healthcare more personal, but improve quality of care and well being for all.

Patientory to Compete as Finalist in MedStar #Patient2Consumer Challenge

We are pleased to announce that Patientory has been named as a finalist in the 1776-MedStar #Patient2Consumer Challenge in Washington, DC on July 13, 2017. Out of hundreds of entrants, Patientory made the cut as part of the final 15 challengers. We will go to head-to-head with other startups to convince a panel of judges whose ideas will most shape the future of health.

The winning startups will receive prizes and the opportunity to incubate ideas or further develop their companies as part of MedStar’s Innovation Lab cohort.

UPDATE: See the results here.

Healthcare: Re-engineered and Powered by Patientory

Recent ransomware cyber-attacks have exposed a vulnerable global healthcare IT infrastructure. Personal Health Information data is at risk. Unfortunately, legacy systems now administrate Personal Health Information (PHI) across siloed database networks. Fragmented Electronic Medical Records (EMR) create cumbersome access points and data exchanges are fraught with friction. Patientory is a patient-centered enterprise solution designed to eliminate many of these pain points.

Patientory uses blockchain technologies to ensure end-to-end encryption while adhering to region-specific regulatory guidelines and compliance requirements. Our solution design uses encrypted middleware to meet the high-volume demands of modern day HealthcareIT. Ultimately, Patientory empowers patients, clinical care teams, and insurance providers to overcome many challenges faced within current decentralized environments.

The goal of this post is to provide insights to our platform architecture. This post assumes general knowledge of hardware security models, identity platforms, cloud computing and enclaves (secure elements).

Introducing the Middle-Tier to Blockchain

Many of the early challenges developing blockchain proof of concepts (POCs) for the enterprise revolved around two prominent concerns: scaling and privacy. In addition, the limited two-tiered architecture (client/server) presents version control issues and is difficult for in-house IT teams to implement. Poor key management also is also catastrophic for early adopters.  

With time and a maturation of the technology, however, has come evolution and the use of a middle-tier in blockchain architecture. This has enabled in-house teams to develop application functionality and feature sets using familiar tools and languages. This multilevel framework provides a separation of concerns (middleware) similar to modern web infrastructures. The middle layer allows the platform to interface with existing systems and scale more efficiently off-the-chain. The business logic (smart contracts) flows securely on and off the blockchain.

How Does Patientory Fit Into the Picture?

Patientory creates, configures, and query blockchain-enabled smart contracts that leverage both “traditional” cloud middleware and new application services to support blockchain development for nodes on and off the chain. Within this framework, the implementation of modern application services like biometrics and OAuth, real-time data and billing, and personal health insurance information are now possible. Applications can be developed using standard development tools, reducing time-consuming learning curves for onboarding and implementation.

Big Data applications on the Patientory platform is also implemented and executed more expeditiously a with three-tiered architecture. Using this framework, our roadmap can expand to include ingesting Big Data from multiple sources. Harnessing this data will unearth valuable insights for clinical care teams, as well as healthcare intelligence with actionable analytics for better patient outcomes.

How We Envision the Patientory Framework

Please see the infographic below for an illustration of the Patientory framework.

 

  • First, we start with the presentation layer. This is the user touchpoint for accessing their healthcare information in real time. Prescription adherence alerts, wearables data, Explanation of Benefits (EOB), and real-time data can be found here. Hospitals, Clinical Care providers and other enterprise members interface here as well exchanging information securely in the P2P network.
  • Second tier: Middleware. Oracles execute in a secure computational environment, and have the cryptographic primitives that allow them to work directly with blockchains. On the platform, business logic executes in a fabric that binds the code to a smart contract.  Identity and key management, cryptographic,services,attested data and interaction with the outside world runs in this secure environment.
  • Third tier: Data Layer and Schema. This third layer serves as a distributed database of the shared truth between nodes on the blockchain. The ledger is an instantiation of a version specific contract between several different parties. Smart contracts are bound by the ledger, schema, counterparties, logic, and external sources. The platform is fully auditable and can serve to automate many healthcare operational processes.

Looking Ahead

We are confident that Patientory helps move HealthcareIT into the future. It’s not only long overdue, but the increasing amount of ransomware incidents demands it. Let me know if you feel the same.

Jesse Brown,
Chief Technology Officer
Patientory

Patientory “eliminates the chance of having [medical history] data suffer any kind of cyberattack.”

Patientory was recently highlighted in a story by The CoinTelegraph about non-financial blockchains and called “a cutting edge development in medicine.”

Patientory, a recently launched free-to-use app, is an example of Blockchain’s influence in this area. Users can create a profile in the app and keep track of their medical history. The app eliminates the chance of having this data suffer any kind of cyber attack. All the changes in the records can be seen online.

Read more: http://bit.ly/nonfinancialblockchains

Chrissa McFarlane is “Focused on Solving Healthcare with Blockchain”

We’re honored and delighted to see our CEO and Founder, Chrissa McFarlane, highlighted by Blockchain Healthcare Review and Brennan Bennett as an entrepreneur “focused on solving healthcare with Blockchain.

The Blockchain is a technology that is open to all. It does not discriminate based on age or gender and is built around mathematical concepts and technology. It is behind the rise of crypto-currency tokens, which are the lifeblood of monetizing blockchain innovation. The industry young, and many new companies and founders with great ideas are entering and making a large impact. For that reason, many female founders are having a big impact on the blockchain industry by founding new companies and driving new ventures.

[…]

…a discussion in women driven blockchain entrepreneurship can not be complete without mentioning the recent, and ongoing success, of Chrissa McFarlane, CEO of Patientory.

 

Read the full story: http://bit.ly/2sNpVA

An Important Note for All PTOY Token Holders

In the security review portion of his audit, the PTOY token auditor advised us to implement an attack mitigation code on the PTOY token contract. This mitigation code was preventative in nature (no issues were found with the PTOY token itself).

Unfortunately, this resulted in a bug that rendered tokens contained in multi-sig wallets non-transferable. Our crowdsale partner has begun work with the audit team on a fix (creating an upgraded token). Token holders will need to complete a simple upgrade process, and we will send out instructions at a future date. All token holders will be asked to complete the upgrade, and multi-sig users will be able to transfer PTOY to/from their wallet.

In total, not much is changing. Here’s what this means for you:

  • You can still buy and sell PTOY at the exchanges.
  • PTOY will not be transferred to your wallet until June 26.
  • You will be asked to complete a simple upgrade process. Instructions will be sent by June 26.
  • If you participated in the crowdsale bounty campaign, you will not receive your PTOY until June 26.

As of June 18, PTOY is now listed on Bittrex. Please see this post for the latest details on the exchanges.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@patientory.com or call us at (678) 951–9007.

Respectfully,
The Patientory Team

 

Exchanges PTOY is Traded On

We’ve had a lot of people ask about the exchanges PTOY is traded on. Please find them listed below:

Please contact us at info@patientory.com if you have any questions.

Announcing the Patientory Icon Design Contest

Do you have design skills? Let’s see them!

We’re calling on YOU to submit an icon design for Patientory for a chance to receive 100 PTOY!

As you can see from the example below, most cryptocurrencies simply use their company logo. We thought it would be fun to open our icon design to the community. No, it’s not required that you use a coin look-and-feel. (And no, we are not minting our own coin.)

Our only requirement: you must incorproate the Patientory logo (the black and red medicine cross) in your design. Download a PNG file here.

 

Just to make things even more fun, we’re going to do two things:

  1. After we cull down all entries down to the final four, we’ll open up the voting to the community.*
  2. The winner will be awarded 100 PTOY.

Rules:

  • All entries must be received by 16:00 EDT / 20:00 UTC on S unday, June 18.
  • You must incorproate the Patientory logo (the black and red medicine cross) in your design. Download a PNG file here.
  • No vulgar designs will be accepted. Keep it clean, please.
  • * While the community gets to vote, Patientory gets the veto on the final choice.

How to Enter:

  • Please create the icon at the following sizes: 1024×1024, 512×512, 256×256, 128×128, 64×64, 32×32, 16×16.
  • Please upload one zip file containing 7 PNG files (one PNG for each size).
  • Please submit your entry via email to info@patientory.com with the subject line “ICON CONTEST ENTRY”

Any questions? Please email info@patientory.com.

How Much PTOY Did You Purchase?

Many people who participated in the pre-sale and/or the crowd sale have been asking us how much PTOY they purchased. We’re providing the calculation here.

Please note: this has also been added to the FAQ.

First, it should be noted that you should see the amouint you purchased in your wallet. What you see in your wallet does reflect your bonus.

You can verify the amount of PTOY tokens you should have with your bonus by performing this calculation:

  • Take the amount of ETH you contributed x your bonus (1.2 for the 20% bonus, 1.25 for the 25% bonus, 1.35 for the 35% bonus, 1.4 for the 40% bonus)
  • Multiply that total by $219.96 (the closing price of ETH on Kraken before the crowd sale started)
  • Finally, divide that total by the price of PTOY ($0.13).

For example: if you contributed 40 ETH during day 2 of the the crowd sale, you would get a 20% bonus. Here’s the calculation:

  • 40 ETH x 1.2 = 48
  • 48 x $219.96 = $10558.08
  • $10558.08 / $0.13 = 81,216 PTOY (with bonus).

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.