Patient-Centered Health Records and Exchange via Blockchain
The world is abuzz with blockchain – the secure, distributed ledger made famous by Bitcoin. Daily, we read of yet another startup or how an organization is seeking to integrate the technology into its infrastructure. While blockchain has been actively deployed in the financial sector for many years, its disruptive nature has only recently become apparent. As a result, researchers and technologists from virtually every domain have sought to implement blockchain. While healthcare is not an exception, the very essence of health data along with questions regarding blockchain’s role in delivering quality care, have erected barriers to its realization in practice. In this presentation, we will explain the basics of blockchain, discuss its benefits in healthcare (from the patient’s perspective), submit a patient-centered framework, propose solutions to several confounding problems, and present a proof-of-concept prototype named HealthChain.
Ray Hylock, PhD