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UK Meds To Deploy Stratis' Blockchain Tech. To Improve Patient Safety

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UK-based online pharmacy UK Meds struck a deal with Stratis to use the latter's blockchain platform to improve patient safety.

The project is initiated by UK Meds, but they will be joined by more than ten other online pharmacies aiming to make it a de facto standard across the entire UK industry.

The deployment is expected to improve patient safety across the online pharmacy sector as a whole, reducing instances of patients ordering multiple prescriptions.

With this, patients can only access prescribed quantities of medication. Each patient's request for a prescription is logged on a shared and immutable distributed ledger across a group of UK online pharmacies.

The doctors who provide online consultations and pharmacies preparing medication will have the ability to cross reference patients using a unique identifier assigned to each individual on blockchain.

Currently, there is no process of identifying patients attempting to obtain multiple orders of drugs such as opioids, a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin. It is not identifiable even by screening for customers by IP addresses, phone numbers, cookies and many other factors.

The platform can detect any previous request for medication across all online pharmacies.

Meanwhile, UK Meds will also use Stratis' technology to improve its own supply-chain by deploying Stratis' Smart Contracts. Each shipment of medication will be logged on the blockchain when originally produced by the manufacturer, during points of distribution and again on arrival at UK Meds.

UK Meds is claimed to be the UK's fastest growing online pharmacy which digitally handles between 3,000 and 4,000 patient prescriptions each day.

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