Blockchain in healthcare: Impressive project coming out of engineering colleges in India

Group picture from left to right - Vivek Mudgal, Manju Mohan (Team Lead), Aditya Sahu, Shashank Tomer, Pranshu Ranakoti, & Benjamin John Oommen(single picture on left).

Blockchain is an area of interest in the digital world today. It would define the new age use of internet for the world. Recently MieRobot delivered few on-campus seminars on blockchain in select engineering colleges on invite to raise awareness and also encourage students to get skilled and deliver projects over blockchain.

We often talk about employability of the Indian engineering education ecosystem citing gap between industry and academia as one of the primary reason. I was for a present surprise while delivering MieRobot seminar at TIST - Toc H Institute of Science and technology, Cochin where I caught up with Manju and her team project on Blockchain using ethereum. Manju is currently a final year engineering student herself.

Manju and her team of engineering students from multiple engineering colleges has put forward a project which maps blockchain with the healthcare industry.

Here is the team's interview I collected with the help of Manju.

1. Manju Mohan (Team Lead) –Final Year - Toc H Institute of Science and Technology, Ernakulam, Kerala

2. Vivek Mudgal – Final Year - Krishna Engineering College, Ghaziabad

3. Shashank Tomer – 3rd Year - GD Goenka University, Gurgaon

4. Pranshu Ranakoti - 3rd Year - GD Goenka University, Gurgaon

5. Benjamin John Oommen – Final Year - GEC Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram

6. Aditya Sahu – 2nd Year - Amity School of Engineering and Technology, New Delhi

'We were part of 7 months internship cum competition event called 'Technergize' which was a national level competition conducted by IEEE Computer Society, Kolkata Section and the final presentation was held at CSIS’18 held at Bodh Gaya, Bihar.

We are so happy that we were one among the top 10 teams who got selected'.

​Explain your project on blockchain in simple terms?

Application of Blockchain in medical industry – a decentralized database, It aims to revolutionize the current medical industry in terms of handling medical records, patient details, finances and other valuable data that is currently being stored in conventional databases and shift them to a more secure blockchain network.

Illustration of the project by a diagram above

What motivated you to undertake this project?

We were part of 7 months internship cum competition event called 'Technergize' which was a national level competition conducted by IEEE Computer Society, Kolkata Section and the final presentation was held at CSIS’18 held at Bodh Gaya, Bihar.

We are so happy that we were one among the top 10 teams who got selected. Our cyber security team was handed over the topic of blockchain to work upon, so after a lot of group discussions, we finalized healthcare industry as our target, as we believed helping humanity and saving lives is the best thing to give the society back that has provided us with a wonderful ecosystem to live!

What were the challenges you faced working in this project?

Our team was not familiar with Ethereum blockchain which was an extremely new platform, so it was a big challenge to explore it.

We did not even know about solidity till then. So we divided the group into parts where some people were working on the front end, some on the back and rest arranging all the work and giving new ideas to work upon. our first challenge, which was choosing the framework.

There are few frameworks available for Ethereum like Truffle, Geth, Parity, etc. We decided to use Truffle to simulate our project. The framework, being very new, had some major bugs and faults in the UI so it was quite a difficult task to use it.

Our second challenge was a discrepancy while writing smart contracts. A contract in

Ethereum cannot have more than 2^261 bytes stored in it and we had to implement the medical details of a patient which consisted of tens of attributes including their name, age, disease, prescription, etc. In order to tackle the problem, we used IPFS.

'We are seeking technical expertise from industry so that we can scale this project as a complete product'.

How was your experience at IEEE Computer Society India Symposium 2018?

CSIS’18 was a great event held in the peaceful region of India: Bodh Gaya, Bihar.

Students from all across the country came and united. It was a mashup of various cultures and languages which doesn’t only sound beautiful, magnificent it was.

It was a good learning experience and we got many valueable inputs from world-class Entrepreneurs, senior mentors and panelists that were constantly supporting our ideas and efforts, and when we got back, we decided to further work upon this project with some good changes and modifications to make it better!

Also we will be demonstrating our project in Microsoft and Google during the month of May or June. So excited!

What is the road ahead for your project?

Blockchain is a very new and growing topic, so we would like to search for new horizons to work upon in blockchain technology.

The practical admissibility of our project in hospitals and related institution is nothing short of a faded dream, because our project is not a product but an infrastructure. We are seeking technical expertise from industry so that we can scale this project as a complete product.

Also, it is really difficult to replace an infrastructure however good our solution is! We need strong support and funding from organisations to implement in real world.

We also plan to incorporate machine learning with blockchain. So we are open to ideas and are looking forward to work!

What is your views about MieRobot?

A big thank you to MieRobot, especially Anirban sir for the constant guidance even during his busy schedule to get this project published in MieRobot platform

Comments from MieRobot:

What we loved about this project is the team work that has been put forward by working together with various engineering colleges and from different years. It is a very positive sign that students are picking up project work in new areas like blockchain.

Such efforts will drive the engineering ecosystem forward and also do great for employability. We wish the team good luck for all the industry presentations planned this year.

Great job guys!

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About Author: Anirban runs an EduTech startup brand called MieRobot.com which provides on-campus employability solutions in areas of Machine learning, Graph Database,Blockchain,UX,Data Science, Robotics and Product Management. You can say him a hello at hello@mierobot.com

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