Commercially Successful Blockchain Healthcare Projects: A Scoping Review

Authors

  • Hao Sen Andrew Fang SingHealth Polyclinics, SingHealth, Singapore; 2SingHealth Duke-NUS, Singapore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30953/bhty.v4.166

Keywords:

blockchain, distributed ledger, healthcare, scoping review, success

Abstract

Background: The healthcare industry is the new frontier for blockchain technology. Given its properties of immutability and decentralization, blockchain represents an opportunity for unprecedented level of privacy and security for all stakeholders by ensuring data integrity while giving patients control over their own health data. On a backdrop of rising interest in blockchain in general and blockchain healthcare applications in particular, there has been a proliferation of blockchain healthcare projects over the past few years. The aim of this review is to identify and understand real-world blockchain healthcare projects that have attained commercial success in the highly competitive blockchain market.

Methods and findings: A scoping review was performed in January 2021 on all projects in the CoinMarketCap database. Following a pre-defined inclusion and exclusion criteria, eligible projects were selected. A single reviewer then reviewed each project’s official website and whitepaper (where available) and performed data abstraction; 10 blockchain healthcare projects fulfilled the selection criteria. The review found that these projects made up 0.24% of the total number of actively tracked projects on CoinMarketCap. In terms of market capitalization, the total market capitalization for the projects was US$65,078,849, comprising less than 0.01% of the total market capitalization of all projects. Among the projects, the most frequent type was for personal health tracking.

Conclusions: This review revealed that blockchain health projects currently comprise a small fraction of the overall number of commercially successful blockchain projects. However, because this sub-industry is still in its early stages, there are reasons to be optimistic that many more blockchain health projects will emerge and attain commercial success in future. Findings from this review done from an entrepreneurial perspective should help with the identification of future projects most likely to succeed.

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2021-04-16

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Fang, H. S. A. (2021). Commercially Successful Blockchain Healthcare Projects: A Scoping Review. Blockchain in Healthcare Today, 4. https://doi.org/10.30953/bhty.v4.166

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Research Article: Narrative/Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis