TrustedHealth ICO: Unfettered Access to Quality Healthcare
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March 12, 2018
Clearly one could argue that health is our greatest asset. Still many world’s healthcare systems act slowly and inefficiently. There is a lack of transparency around the evidence-based evaluation records whereas the misdiagnosis rate remains high and patients are not able to get the best medical care in one place due to sub-specialization in healthcare which means that the right expertise is not available everywhere. Moreover, physical access to some of the most proficient medical practitioners in the world remains limited because of a shortage of specialists or a lack of medical investment.
The healthcare system, as we used to know it, is fragmented and complex. Frequently it undermines a case-relevant information exchange due to poor patient-to-doctor and patient-to-patient communication. Lack of innovative technologies or unavailability of these technologies causes the most pressing concern in life-threatening conditions. Together these issues affect both the circulation of the knowledge between medical practitioners and better research for future treatment discoveries.
Today patients have lost their belief in the faithful medical treatment available around the world. Since the health system focuses on profiting and making ends meet rather than it is pointed towards resolving problems that face patients diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. There is a need to find a turnkey solution that will grant an access to the best specialists and the right medical support regardless of location. In such an ecosystem, patients will take immediate control over the situation by obtaining the expertise of world-leading practitioners familiar with their condition and save time bypassing the need to travel, especially when time is of the essence.
With TrustedHealth, patients, medical practitioners and the entire health teams up to create a unique database of medical records designed to give back and share knowledge. The blockchain-based project is a patient-led and doctor-guided decentralized digital ecosystem that directly links a patient in one country to the right specialist in another, delivering the right diagnoses and the right patient care. Every step of the healthcare experience supported and made available to everyone through an integrated medical ecosystem of healthcare providers.
Coinspeaker talked with the founder & CEO of TrustedHealth Greg Jarzabek to get the first insight into the upcoming age of digital medicine.
Coinspeaker: “How did you get the very idea for the project?”
Greg Jarzabek: “My mother was diagnosed with a severe form of pancreatic cancer. From that moment on, we fought every day until she lost the battle, and my life changed. It sounds trite, but cancer changed my life, inspiring me to create the TrustedHealth project. I travelled the world for many months and looked for a way to save her life. I worked in a prestigious investment bank, and used all my savings and salary to find the best doctors, the most advanced and most suitable methods of treatment.”
Coinspeaker: “How were you looking for specialists?”
Greg Jarzabek: “I visited specialists in Warsaw, London, Chicago, New York, Boston, Cologne, Frankfurt, Turin, Helsinki and Tokyo. I just could not “throw up my hands”. It’s hard for me to describe to you the scale of disappointment, grief and fear that followed me along this road. It took me months to get to the right pathologist, an oncologist with the right specialisation and the right treatment. I was exhausted and almost on the verge of a nervous breakdown resulting from constant travelling, pressure from my employer and the relentless ticking of the cancer clock. In the end I found a suitable doctor and treatment that was finally used for my mother and was extremely successful; it really prolonged her life and eased the suffering, even though it was just for a short while. Thanks to her story, I realised that I wanted to be sure that no one else would share my disappointment with the way that cancer is treated. I wanted to change the situation for other sons, daughters, mothers and fathers who are diagnosed with cancer on a daily basis.”
Coinspeaker: “Please, tell us how the “fear” factor gave you the idea of a start-up?”
Greg Jarzabek: “People are very afraid of cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Fear arises from obscurity, ignorance, lack of understanding and lack of control. In the first place, there is the concern of whether the diagnosis is correct and whether the treatment is sufficient. This happens to those who cannot afford to fly around the world in search of alternative methods, those who can only take what they have here and now, and do everything that is possible with every treatment and advice they receive.”
Coinspeaker: “Do you regret that having to quit your steady job in finance?”
Greg Jarzabek: “I quit my job and began to look for a way to create something that would give everyone access to the world’s leading medical specialists, as well as the chance to get a reliable second opinion, as I had managed to get for my mother. I loved my job in finance, but when I started working on Trustedoctor and subsequently on TrustedHealth, I felt that what I was doing made sense. I’m building something that can help others win the battle against cancer, against this life-threatening disease. I use technology to create hope. It was not an easy journey. I lost my mother and I miss her every day, but I’ve already seen how people use my platform to change the diagnosis and live longer. Trustedoctor has been operating since 2017 and the platform has already helped hundreds of people. TrustedHealth is a platform for decentralised collaboration between patients and physicians. The project is designed to support the unification of healthcare to ensure the provision of the best medical care to anyone in any part of the world.”
The TrustedHealth ICO pre-sale starts on March 20, 12.00h CET. The price of the token is fixed at ETH 0.00006 for the entire ICO stage. A total of TDH 150,000,000 will be distributed amidst contributors. According to the project’s roadmap, the ICO is set to attract funding for the development of the project and its technical base, as well as to involve health professionals and connect to the ecosystem of medical institutions around the world.