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

Authors

  • Ron Ribitzky, MA R&D Ribitzky, Newton, Massachusetts, USA
  • James St. Clair Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, Biloxi Mississippi, USA
  • David I Houlding Intel Health & Life Sciences, Santa Clara, California, USA
  • Chrissa T McFarlane Patientory, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Brian Ahier Aetna, Washington, DC, USA
  • Michael Gould Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Heather L Flannery Obesity PPM, Washington, DC, USA
  • Erik Pupo Accenture Health Client Service Group, Miami, Florida, USA
  • Kevin A Clauson, PharmD Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.30953/bhty.v1.24

Keywords:

Blockchain, Healthcare, Innovation, Information Technology, Medical Informatics, global, disruption, interdisciplinary, pragmatic, distributed ledger technology, DLT, Cryptocurrency, security, information security, cybersecurity, GDPR, HIPAA, patient, EMR, EHR, Electronic Medical Record, Electronic Health Record, Consumer, emerging, emerging technology, adoption, roadmap, use case, user experience, UX, interoperability, Semantic, Semantic Services, Semantic Services Framework, life sciences, Precision Medicine, Trust, Permissioned, Permissionless, Utility Token, Cryptocurrency Exchange, security assessment, risk mitigation, consensus, algorythm, Proof of Work, Qunatum Computing, distributed storage, smart contracts, API, On Chain, Off Chain, Data Minimization, Tokenized Security, Regulatory, Healthcare Provider, Healthcare Insurance, Payor, Ecosystem, FHIR, HL7, FinTech, Bitcoin, PII, PHI, Privacy, Right to be Forgotten, Immutable, Immutability, Integrity, Decentralized, Disintermediate, Zero Knowledge Proof, Architecture, Security Risk Assessment, Intel, DApps, IoT, HIMSS, ePedigree, Identity Management, Provenance, Supply Chain, Medical Device, Return on Adoption, ROI, Value, business model

Abstract

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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Author Biographies

Ron Ribitzky, MA, R&D Ribitzky, Newton, Massachusetts, USA

CEO

James St. Clair, Institute for Healthcare Financial Technology, Biloxi Mississippi, USA

Founder

David I Houlding, Intel Health & Life Sciences, Santa Clara, California, USA

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

Chrissa T McFarlane, Patientory, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Founder & CEO

Brian Ahier, Aetna, Washington, DC, USA

Director of Standards and Government Affairs

Michael Gould, Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Clinical Data Architect

Heather L Flannery, Obesity PPM, Washington, DC, USA

CEO

Erik Pupo, Accenture Health Client Service Group, Miami, Florida, USA

Managing Director, North America Clinical & Health Management Services

Kevin A Clauson, PharmD, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Associate Professor

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Published

2018-03-23

How to Cite

Ribitzky, R., St. Clair, J., Houlding, D. I., McFarlane, C. T., Ahier, B., Gould, M., Flannery, H. L., Pupo, E., & Clauson, K. A. (2018). Pragmatic, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Paving the Future for Healthcare. Blockchain in Healthcare Today, 1. https://doi.org/10.30953/bhty.v1.24

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Feature Article: Opinions and Perspectives

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