Blockchain is the buzzword of the decade. And as this new technology slowly develops and matures it seems that from banking to supply chain logistics, it is ready for distribution. And in healthcare in particular, there a massive opportunity for the blockchain revolution to lead a digital transformation. From medical records, to pharmaceutical supply chains, to smart contracts for payment distribution, there are plenty of methods to leverage this technology.
First of all, let’s understand what Blockchain is?
- Blockchain is a distributed database existing on various computers at the same time.
- A decentralized ledger tracking digital assets on P2P network.
- Blockchain it is related to cryptocurrency but its not a cryptocurrency.
- Blockchain is a technology that enables a distributed ledger to be shared across a peer to peer network.
- As the name suggests, blockchain, is a chain of data blocks, stored on hundreds or thousands of computers, or servers distributed over a wide geographical area.
Below I explain 3 ways on how will blockchain improve the healthcare industry:
- Health records.
Electronic medical records are the backbone of every modern healthcare system. But your medical records become more complex with each visit to your doctor. And it seems every hospital and every doctor have a different way of storing them, and it not easy for healthcare providers to obtain them. There are some companies out there, that aim to solve this challenge. The aim is to give patients authority over their entire medical history, and to provide a one stop access to patients and physicians while inherently to bring security into the field as well.
- Supply chains.
The pharmaceutical industry has one of the highest standards for products safety, security and stability. This industry is ready for disruption. Supply chain management with blockchain can be monitored securely and transparently and this can tackle time delays, and human mistakes. It can also be used to monitor costs, labor and even waste and emissions at every point in the supply chain process. It can be used to verify the authenticity of the products by tracking them from their origin combating the counter freight market.
- Genomic market
There are some companies out there which are building blockchain platforms to enable people to share genomic data safely and securely. They bet that in the near future opportunities around personal genomic sequence will create a data market worth billions of dollars. And the best technology to solve data security issues and to ensure that data gets from its source to the end user without the need of a middleman is the blockchain.
These companies will use blockchain to enhance data protection and enable buyers, to efficiently acquire genomic data. These companies, are few of the thousand of start ups which aim to use blockchain to disrupt the healthcare industry.
The future looks bright, however there is a lot work to be done in order to leverage the use of the new technology.
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