What’s Going On with Blockchain in Healthcare?

Keeping up with technologies that are changing how healthcare is delivered. Can a continuously growing chain of blocks using cryptography have applications in healthcare?  Once written as two words, block chain, now is known as blockchain. But what is it? Why is everyone talking about it? And how can it help healthcare? We are going to search out the answers to these questions and report regularly as this technology integrates itself into healthcare. Read more of our posts on Blockchain.

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The Tate Chronicles

Tune in to our newest show on HealthcareNOW Radio, weekdays at 11:30am ET, The Tate Chronicles with host Jim Tate. Jim is on the search for disruptive technologies that will change healthcare. His first series of episodes will focus on blockchain. And his first guest was Mark Stevens, Managing Partner at EnableHealth discussing the discovery and promotion of disruptive healthcare technologies including blockchain.

News & Resources

Blockchain, Bitcoin And The Electronic Health Record
By Dr. Robert Pearl – Physicians have a love-hate relationship with the electronic health record (EHR). On the one hand, doctors know they can’t provide the best possible medical care without them. And on the other, today’s EHR systems are cumbersome, clunky and slow physicians down. Read his article in Forbes.

How Blockchain Can Complement Healthcare Infrastructure
The latest from the pokitdok blog – Since the cryptocoin bull market in late 2017 (and the price crashes that followed), blockchain technology has reached a new level of mainstream notoriety. It’s unclear now whether that’s a good thing. On the one hand, speculative trading bubbles can make some people shy about an otherwise solid technology. Does a Bitcoin bear market hinder useful tech adoption?

Blockchain-Driven Effort to Tackle Care Provider Data Issues
Five leading health care organizations – Humana (NYSE: HUM), MultiPlan, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum and UnitedHealthcare – announced that they are launching a pilot program applying blockchain technology to improve data quality and reduce administrative costs associated with changes to health care provider demographic data, a critical, complex and difficult issue facing organizations across the health care system.

Interoperability in Action Day #4: Blockchain in Healthcare Webinar Recording
Last month, ONC and the office of the HHS Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) hosted the Interoperability in Action Day (IAD) #4. This webinar focused on the use of blockchain technology and its current and future implications in the healthcare field. Learn more about the event by visiting the IAD Webinar recording and slides.


The 2nd Annual Healthcare Blockchain Summit
When: June 11-12
Where: Boston MA
The Summit (@HCBlockchain)uniquely addresses the power of blockchain-based platforms to transform healthcare systems and business practices. The Summit will enable participants to understand and apply the new blockchain business models and technology that will enable innovative, decentralized mechanisms for service delivery, payments, research, and patient engagement.

The Cryptolina Blockchain Expo
When: June 15-16
Where: Raleigh NC
Since 2014, The Cryptolina Blockchain Expo (@Cryptolina) has attracted some of the industry’s top innovators, investors and thought-leaders dedicated to blockchain-based technologies and has won accolades from across the cryptocurrency community.

The Basics
Who We Read
  • Founded in 2015, Blockchain News has the goal of educating and informing those curious about Blockchain.
  • From the Blockchain Unleashed: IBM Blockchain Blog, the Blockchain in Healthcare category.