A Blockchain and NLP Based Electronic Health Record System: Indian Subcontinent Context

Pranab Kumar Bharimalla, Hammad Choudhury, Shantipriya Parida, Debasish Kumar Mallick, Satya Ranjan Dash


The healthcare system in the Indian subcontinent is plagued with numerous issues related to the access, transfer, and storage of patient's medical records. The lack of infrastructure to properly communicate and track records between all key participants has allowed the distribution of counterfeit drugs, dependency on unsafe methods of communication, and lack of trust between patients and providers. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a robust communication and record tracking system has been further emphasized. To facilitate efficient communication and mitigate the mentioned issues, a nationwide EHR (electronic health record) system must be introduced to bring the healthcare system into digital space. To further enhance security, efficiency, and cost, the innovation of Blockchain is introduced. Blockchain is a decentralized data structure that allows secure transactions between untrusted parties without needing a central authority. In this paper, a Hyperledger fabric-based Blockchain Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) system is proposed. The system is integrated with technologies such as NLP (Natural Language Processing), and Machine Learning to provide users with practical features.

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