Blockchain could help us assemble all of these pieces in real-time and view the entire picture of a patient’s health, with the confidence of knowing it’s both comprehensive and up-to-date. With a blockchain-based standard, every change to a patient’s record would be verified, combined with other transactions and added as a block to a larger blockchain.
The digital ledger could replace fragmented data systems, simplifying record-keeping and improving care.
Fragmented, insecure, and proprietary healthcare data could be completely redesigned on a blockchain-based system.
As we speak, the healthcare sector is plagued with issues related to localized data storage that can impede information sharing between medical experts. The public still associates the term blockchain primarily with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but when looked at more closely we can see that the influence of the blockchain goes far beyond into industries like healthcare, pharma, etc.
“New models of computing have tended to emerge every 10 to 15 years: mainframes in the 60s, PCs in the late 70s, the internet in the early 90s, and smartphones in the late 2000s,” Mr. Andreessen said. And now blockchain.
People tend to have one of two views of blockchain: They see it either as synonymous with bitcoin and other digital currencies, or as an overhyped technology. While we might still be five or 10 years away from realizing its potential, blockchain could help life sciences and health care organizations streamline processes and improve patient experiences.
What if you could be assured that the piece of mahi mahi or the organic chicken breast you were tucking into tonight is exactly what you think it is, sourced as promised, and guaranteed fresh? What if every transaction in the opaque world that is the agriculture supply chain could suddenly become transparent, traceable, and verifiable without any need for third-party oversight?
Blockchain technology, which is more often associated with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, is literally what it says — a chain of data blocks, each of which contains transactions that are encoded for security, and linked or chained to their predecessor and successor blocks by a mathematically derived and unique “address” or public key.
This approach comes with some very powerful advantages over existing approaches to data storage, distribution and use in health care.
First, unlike the ad hoc system in place today in health care, blockchain is designed to be distributed. By storing data across a network, it avoids the perils of data being stored in one location.
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The healthcare sector is fast catching up with the digital revolution. Some of the trending hashtags in the healthcare space are #3DPrinting #BigDataAnalytics #BioPrinting and #ArtificialIntelligence, with #Blockchain being one of the favorites.
In health care, blockchain is widely regarded as technology that will protect data from costly and credibility-damaging cyberhacking. But there’s a risk; does it align with regulatory bodies’ criteria?
While blockchain is most best known for powering bitcoin, it’s really a generic tool to keep secure data in a distributed, encrypted ledger—and control who has access to that ledger. Rather than having one central administrator that acts as a gatekeeper to data—a list of digital transactions—there’s one shared ledger, but it’s spread across a network of synchronized, replicated databases visible to anyone with access. Which gives it unprecedented security benefits. Hacking one block in the chain is impossible without simultaneously hacking every other block in the chain’s chronology.
Blockchain will vitalize our future machine-connected world, but the technology is also likely to advance robot autonomy before our laws can catch up to regulate them.
Blockchain, the shared ledger technology that notably underpins the Bitcoin online currency, has been finding its own notoriety in the past couple of years as a critical building block for how several different industries plan to reshape the way they share, store and secure critical information. Earlier this year, IBM Watson Health announced a joint research initiative with the Food and Drug Administration, aimed at leveraging blockchain technology to create a secure, efficient and scalable exchange of health data.
The overall vision for blockchain to disrupt healthcare in the future would be to solve many issues that plague the industry today to create a common database of health information that doctors and providers could access no matter what electronic medical system they used, higher security and privacy, less admin time for doctors so there’s more time to spend on patient care, and even better sharing of research results to facilitate new drug and treatment therapies for disease.
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