ICT & Health reports on a news item from Taipei Times on the launch by Taipei Medical University Hospital of a healthcare platform using blockchain technology to improve patient referral services and integrate individual healthcare networks so that people have easier access to their medical records. The Healthcare Blockchain Platform was developed as a one-stop referral. More than 100 community-based clinics collaborated on the project which is to support government’s Hierarchical Medical system policy. Using smart contracts, hospitals and clinics can request and authorize patient record sharing easily and securely, the hospital announced in a statement. The first country to use blockchain for healthcare on a national scale is Estonia. The technology protects 1.3 million electronic medical patient records and e-prescriptions already since 2016. According to the IDC Health Insights report, by 2020, 20% of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain for operations management and patient identity.