Medicalchain ICO Review and Token Analysis
Medicalchain ICO Overview
Most people probably don’t lay awake at night worrying about their medical records being stolen, yet unsecured medical records are frequently hacked and sold on the darknet for the purpose of identity theft. It might also come as a surprise that in the United States, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death. A study from Johns Hopkins notes that most medical errors aren’t due to bad doctors, but rather errors from systemic problems, including poorly coordinated care. These are real issues that lay at the crux of medicine and information technology with the potential to adversely affect all of us. So far, the medical field is very much behind regarding data management and the demand for solutions is high. The Medicalchain ICO team have proposed a platform that not only addresses these issues, but also creates a means for the development of further tech-based solutions to the inefficiencies of the sector.
Medicalchain ICO Value Proposition
Medicalchain uses blockchain technology to combine all of the electronic health records (EHR) of an individual into a single true version of the user’s data. Users will be able to give conditional access to different healthcare actors such as doctors, hospitals, laboratories, pharmacists and insurers to interact with the data as they see fit. Using blockchain technology, smart contracts, and cryptocurrency, Medicalchain also provides the infrastructure for digital health applications and services to be built on the platform that are powered by user health data.
There are a number of advantages to recording health data on the blockchain. First and foremost, it contributes to the overall well being of the user. The Medicalchain platform will be accessible within any browser application so that all doctors treating a patient have access to one single, updatable record, eliminating the need for manual transfers of information and the recurrent problem of malpractice that result. At present, ill-informed decision making that leads to negative health outcomes is prevalent because complete medical records are often not available to the practicing clinician. Giving all doctors access to a single record solves this issue. Secondly, moving records to a distributed ledger addresses the issue of identity theft. Giving power to the user over who has access to their records and for how long adds a new layer of security to an extremely vulnerable personal asset, eliminating the threat posed by data breaches.
But the Medicalchain ICO goes further than the systemic improvements proposed by decentralizing medical records. Once that data is indeed secured, it can then be utilized for a number of purposes that would otherwise would be impossible. Beyond the distributed ledger, Medicalchain will also build a platform for healthcare-related dApps. The team are developing a telemedicine application that allows consultations with doctors via video call. The degree to which the doctor is granted access to medical records is controlled by the user. As the market for Telemedicine is expected to continue its upward growth trajectory, Medicalchain are attempting to meet this demand with a product that leverages the ability of the user to share data to enable more effective and cost-reductive medical consultations.
Medicalchain will also leverage another advantage of blockchain security by commercializing user medical records on their health data marketplace. Users will be able to voluntarily sell their data to parties who are interested in utilizing it for alternative purposes such as medical research. The attractiveness to users is that with their medical information protected on the platform, they can profit from the high demand for access to such data by research institutions and companies. Medicalchain claims data can be anonymized before it is sold to interested entities, eliminating any chance of misuse.
Underlying the Medicalchain ecosystem is the MedToken, an ERC-20 token. MedTokens are the sole means of value exchange on the Medicalchain platform. Users will access services like the Telemedicine app by exchanging tokens directly with doctors and healthcare providers. The tokens will also be used by research institutes and pharmaceutical companies to reward users that choose to share data. Any future dApps built on the Medchain platform will utilize MedToken as the unit of exchange. To fund the platform, a portion of the transactions on the Telemedicine app will be collected by Medicalchain.
Medicalchain ICO Team
The first note to make of the Medicalchain team is that it is quite extensive. They’ve managed to cover all the bases with well-established figures in their respective industries. For a complete overview of the team click here.
CEO and Cofounder, Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti, is a trained surgeon. He graduated from Imperial College London and has practiced medicine for the last four years. In his time treating patients, he developed his interest in how technology could improve the health sector, having developed his own site to help doctors quickly prepare discharge summaries.
Mo Tayeb is also a Cofounder of Medicalchain. He has 14 years of experience serving as the director of numerous companies. The industries in which he has worked are diverse and include the financial sector, tech and most recently, agriculture.
Philip Xu is the Lead Medical Officer for Medicalchain and has been a medical doctor for 7 years. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier UK’s Order Set Platform, an IT solution for medical practitioners to quickly issue care orders to staff according to the specific diagnosis of the patient.
David Ebbit is the Healthcare Informatics Manager of Medicalchain. He has an extensive history in the IT sector with numerous lead roles behind him including stints with AT&T and Allianz.
Medicalchain ICO Strengths and Opportunities
The objectives of Medicalchain lay at the crux of medicine, tech, business and law. For such a large project, a wide variety of expertise is essential to tackle the challenges ahead. The Medicalchain ICO team fits the bill. They have forged a team that includes medical professionals, business people, programmers, IT managers, cyber security experts and legal advisors. Our confidence in the team’s abilities is high.
As outlined in the first section, the Medicalchain ICO is tackling three pressing demands in the medical industry head on. Each facet of the project addresses a separate demand related to healthcare informatics and in this way the project has increased the chances of platform adoption and utilization. As the API is released, developers will be able to build more applications on the platform, further increasing the utility and incentive for adoption.
Medicalchain Weaknesses and Threats
Medicalchain have built their data ledger and first dApps to directly address huge demands in the medical industry. While that demand is there, the roadmap to how a user base will be built is not entirely clear. For launching any type of mass consumer product, partnerships are a crucial means by which new companies can benefit from the power of an established business or institution. The Medicalchain ICO would garner more confidence if there were news of any partnerships for pilot project implementation of the platform.
With the ICO around the corner, we would like to see more progress as well on the product development front. While we were informed the MVP is finished, any demonstration would of course increase confidence in the project. Missing indicators of progress and product development lead to a higher level of uncertainty around the project.
The Verdict on Medicalchain ICO
Medicalchain offers an elegant proposal for mitigating deficiencies in a highly complex industry. The team who plan to bring that vision to fruition is superb and from the support they have already garnered within the crypto space, it’s clear the community feels the same. Still, with the ICO around the corner, some crucial indicators just aren’t there yet. With that said, we’re willing to make a small bet on the Medicalchain ICO as the situation stands right now. As always, we’ll keep an eye out for any further developments in the coming days before the ICO and update accordingly.
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Today’s Date: 1/24/17
Project Name: Medicalchain
Token Symbol: (TBA)
Crowdsale Hard Cap: $24 million
Total Supply: 500,000,000
- 35% will be offered in the presale and crowdsale
- 34% will be retained by the company, team, advisors, founders and future employees (10% will have already vested, 12% vests over 2 years, 12% over 4 years)
- Founders: 15%
- Company development: 8%
- Team, advisors, early backers: 11%
- 31% will be retained for community development. Medicalchain will use these tokens to help grow an ecosystem on its blockchain by educating others, supporting node holders, bringing partners onto its platform, conducting pilots, and sponsoring industry leading events. This will vest over 4 years.
Price per Token: 1 MedToken = $0.25 USD
Maximum Market Cap (at crowdsale price): $150 million
Bonus Structure: N/A
Presale Terms: Closed
Important Dates: 1st of February at 10 UTC
Expected Token Release: (TBA)
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Poor quality, weak, or inexperienced leadership can doom a project from the outset. Advisors who serve only to pad their own resumes and who have ill-defined roles can be concerning. But great leadership, with relevant industry experience and contacts, can make the difference between a successful and profitable ICO, and a flub.
If you don’t have a team willing and able to build the thing, it won’t matter who is at the helm. Good talent is hard to find. Developer profiles should be scrutinized to ensure that they have a proven history of working in a field where they should be able to succeed.
What is the technology behind this ICO, what product are they creating, and is it new, innovative, different – and needed?
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Progress To Date
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More interesting (usually) is the ICO that seeks to further some progress along the path to success, and which has a clearly-identified roadmap with achievable and reasonable milestones along the way. Founders who are already partially-invested in their products are generally more invested in their futures.
Community Support & Hype
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The ICO marketplace is becoming more crowded and more competitive. While in the past it was enough to merely announce an offering, today’s successful ICO’s work hard to build awareness and excitement around their offering.
Price & Token Distribution
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