Pragmatic, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Paving the Future for Healthcare

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Ron Ribitzky
James St. Clair
David I Houlding
Chrissa T McFarlane
Brian Ahier
Michael Gould
Heather L Flannery
Erik Pupo
Kevin A Clauson


Background: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology is a disruptive force in healthcare. Methods: This article provides a globally relevant, interdisciplinary perspective intended to aid disparate group of actors, participants, and users that represent the diverse stakeholders of an increasingly complex and technologically reliant healthcare system. Domain expertise reinforced by literature published via industry, technical, and academic venues was used to inform these perspectives. Results: Key characteristics of blockchain and distributed ledger technology are highlighted and framed for a readership ranging from healthcare executive to policy makers to researchers. Antecedent application of blockchain in the financial sector is explored followed by the technical, security, and interoperability considerations specific to healthcare. Conclusion: Blockchain remains an emerging technology both fraught with unanticipated challenges and the promise of unrealized potential in healthcare.

Keywords: Blockchain, Healthcare, Innovation, Adoption, Global, Interoperability


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Ribitzky, R., St. Clair, J., Houlding, D., McFarlane, C., Ahier, B., Gould, M., Flannery, H., Pupo, E., & Clauson, K. (2018). Pragmatic, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Paving the Future for Healthcare. Blockchain in Healthcare Today, 1.
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Author Biographies

Ron Ribitzky, R&D Ribitzky


James St. Clair, Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology


David I Houlding, Intel Corporation

Director, Healthcare Privacy & Security, Intel Health and Life Sciences

Chrissa T McFarlane, Patientory

Founder & CEO

Brian Ahier, Aetna

Director of Standards and Government Affairs

Michael Gould, Independence Blue Cross

Clinical Data Architect

Heather L Flannery, Obesity Prevention, Policy and Management


Erik Pupo, Accenture Health Client Service Group

Managing Director, North America Clinical & Health Management Services

Kevin A Clauson, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Associate Professor