Chrissa McFarlane is the founder and CEO of Patientory, a blockchain-based SaaS company that uses distributed ledgers to give patients lifelong access to their medical information, regardless of what healthcare institutions or providers they use. The platform is used by patients and medical professionnel to securely store, share and track health information through blockchain.
Patientory is the world’s first healthcare cryptocurrency and HIPAA-compliant blockchain network, with more than 50 nodes registered worldwide. In 2017, the company raised $7.2 million in three days via online blockchain token sales.
“Our company integrates with blockchain technology to bring together siloed health and medical data, which then we utilise analytics and AI/ML algorithms to bring actionable insights to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes,” she explained to Thrive Global.
In 2019, the Patientory Association, the nonprofit that facilitates the proper standards to implement and adopt the PTOYNet platform in securely protecting and managing healthcare information, hosted a BlockHealth Summit at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Chrissa serves as the association’s president.
Chrissa founded the company in 2015 after seeing the need for more personalised and secure consumer-driven health information management solutions.
“The U.S. is ranked so poorly among high income nations when it comes to healthcare because of lack of transparency, current legacy technology systems and disparities in access to care,” she said.
Before founding Patientory, Chrissa held a variety of positions in community outreach, research and business consulting. At one point, she even co-founded a Jamaican restaurant in the Bronx.
Chrissa was named one of the most influential women in healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review.
She received a bachelor’s in Africana Studies and Spanish from Cornell University and a master’s in business management from Wake Forest University School of Business.Tags: blockchain, decentralisation, Healthcare, HealthTech, MedTech, Women in Tech