Medicalchain recently announched that, for the first-time, cryptocurrency is being used to access GP video consultations through its blockchain-based telemedicine application, MyClinic.com. This is the first action taken by Medicalchain to create borderless healthcare, while allowing patients to access flexible, safe healthcare and have greater control over their health records. Pilots are run at The Groves Medical Centre in London.
The MyClinic.com app can be downloaded by anyone in the UK who has an interest and wants to join the pilot. An appointment can be booked with a Groves doctor of choice. Although the pilot does not automatically remove patients from their existing NHS GP surgeries. Payments for available GP appointments can be made by credit and debit cards, but also by using Medicalchain’s own cryptocurrency MedTokens. These are listed on six exchanges, Bitfinex, Huobu, Kucoin, Gate.io, Qyrptos and Coinbene where the currency can be purchased. Further services launching in 2019, will allow patients to book a range of healthcare services, from nurse appointment or blood tests, at home or in clinic, to specialist consultant appointments and online diagnostic triage if an appointment is not needed.
Dr Abdullah Albeyatti – Co-Founder and CEO, Medicalchain, comments: “Today marks the first step in Medicalchain’s international mission to empower patients to have greater choice over how and where they receive medical advice, as well as how they control the use of their medical information. One of the first steps is introducing blockchain facilitated video consultations with their GP, paid for with cryptocurrency. Following a successful pilot with The Groves Medical Group in South West London the service will then expand to offer full wrap around health services across the UK, Europe and then the world.”
Maria Rodriguez, the first patient to use cryptocurrency to access an appointment with her GP, said: “It’s super cool to finally use cryptocurrency to purchase services. MyClinic.com is easy to use and I love the fact that I can talk to a doctor I know well and trust. I found the report that was sent by the doctor within a few minutes really helpful and reassuring. I’m definitely going to use MyClinic.com again and I’ve already started telling my friends and family about it.”