Towards a blockchain based fall prediction model for aged care

Tharuka Rupasinghe, Frada Burstein, Carsten Rudolph, Steven Strange

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Falls are one of the major health concerns for the elderly people. These falls often result in severe injuries which lead into huge medical expenses. Over the recent years, many ICT based fall detection and fall prevention solutions emerged to address the risk factors associated with falls. However, despite of these research studies, predicting the likelihood of falls still remains as a huge challenge in both medical and IT research domains. Data related to these risk factors being scattered among different healthcare providers can be attributed as a main reason for this challenge. This is further amplified by healthcare providers being reluctant to disseminate the data beyond their entities due to the security and privacy concerns. However, in recent years, blockchain has been proven as a promising technology to address the security and privacy challenges in healthcare data exchange as it provides a shared, immutable, and transparent audit trail for accessing data. Therefore, in this paper, we are going to propose a conceptual blockchain based fall prediction model leveraging smart contracts and FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard to identify the elderly people who are at a higher risk of falling.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACSW'19 - Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference
Subtitle of host publicationSydney, NSW, Australia — January 29 - 31, 2019
EditorsYing Wang, Dale Patterson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366038
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAustralasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) 2019 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Jan 201931 Jan 2019
Conference number: 12th


WorkshopAustralasian Workshop on Health Informatics and Knowledge Management (HIKM) 2019
Abbreviated titleHIKM 2019
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  • Blockchain Technology
  • Fall Prediction
  • Healthcare
  • Smart Contracts

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