The benefits of healthbank Part 1 – Share data and research

The Swiss health database platform healthbank is revolutionizing the way personal health data is stored, used, shared and shared for fair rewards. healthbank operates the world’s most advanced health data platform as a Swiss cooperative that allows users to have full control and access to health data, explains Reto Schegg, CEO of healthbank. “For the user, this means that he can decide for himself whether this health data can be shared with doctors, hospitals and research institutions by means of authorisation.

Today, most patient data is still stored in the closed systems of individual players such as insurance companies and hospitals. Schegg further explains that in times when Apple, Samsung, Google, Facebook, Amazon or insurance companies work with patients’ health data, a neutral body such as healthbank is of the utmost importance. “Because the health data is our property and should remain in our care,” says Schegg. But this does not work through constructions where cantons, states, multinational companies or other players take the lead: “Only an independent institution that is organised as a cooperative and stands in a stable Switzerland can do this safely and independently”.

healthbank offers its users the possibility of using personal health data anytime and anywhere, “not only at home, but also on holiday or when travelling on business,” explains Schegg. In our increasingly mobile world, the data would be urgently needed in remote places in the event of illness, and would thus help to understand people’s medical histories quickly and easily in the event of a medical emergency and so improve the quality of care, no matter where in the world it takes place.

There are currently around 250,000 users registered on healthbank. It is open to them to make their health data available via the platform to institutions with worldwide activities, for example for research purposes. healthbank users can also store all kinds of personal health data, including fitness trackers à la Fitbit or a diabetic’s blood glucose measurements. healthbank encourages its partners, which include major players such as Galenica, Sanovation, ReHaptix System and diabetes specialist B. Braun to build further applications for healthbank.
“Technically, the data is passed on anonymously,” says Schegg. The access authorization lies solely with the patient, whereby a two-factor identification is specified as with online access to a bank account. In addition, all information is stored in encrypted form. According to Schegg, this Swiss solution guarantees not only neutrality but also security and trustworthiness.

In short:
● healthbank allows the collecting and storing of health data from users from a wide variety of sources, centrally in a secure location
● healthbank is managed from a secure IT environment (Swiss security standard)
● Granting access rights for selected persons or institutions is done with explicit consent of the user
● healthbank allows for optimization of medical treatment and health protection
● healthbank allows users to utilise electronic prescriptions and medication
● healthbank has more efficient processes, significant time savings and lower health care costs

healthbank promotes innovation in health care, from prevention to cure, at a more reasonable price and better quality – for the benefit of the individual and society. “We believe that if we combine all these sources, we will create the basis for real innovation,” Schegg says.

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You can also invest in healthbank. In the second part of this article you can read what the STO of healthbank has to offer an investor in terms of advantages

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