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Change Healthcare and the Fight for Blockchain Solutions

by Michael Scott

At the HLTH — The Future of Healthcare conference earlier this month in Las Vegas, banners for Change Healthcare, a firm on the cutting edge of the healthcare system’s use of distributed ledgers, were on prominent display throughout the event center. Speaking at this event, Change’s president ...

HLTH, The Future of Healthcare Event: Six Blockchain Observations

by Michael Scott

Back in 1988, as a newly minted, 21-year-old human resources professional, I attended my first American Hospital Association convention at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The vastness of this hotel complex combined with the thousands of visitors that were in attendance made this an ...

Patientory Forges a New Frontier of Health Information Access

by Michael Scott

By bringing real-world blockchain solutions to one of the biggest pain points in medical industry cost-efficiency, security and access to healthcare data, Patientory is rapidly establishing itself as a leader in the healthcare data revolution. For Chrissa McFarlane, a series of observations from ...

Intel’s David Houlding on Blockchain Solutions for Solving Healthcare Fraud

by Michael Scott

Fraud is one of the most pernicious issues facing healthcare today. It exists in virtually every segment of the industry, contributing significantly to care delivery costs and inefficiencies. These fraudulent activities occur in a number of different ways, including the alteration and/or ...

Coca-Cola Partners with U.S. Department of State on Blockchain Project for Labor

by Michael Scott

Forced labor and workers’ rights violations are a pernicious problem worldwide. The 2017 “Global Estimates of Modern Slavery” report shows that an estimated 25 million people are being subjected to forced labor, with the majority of this activity taking place in the Asia-Pacific region. In an ...

What Can Blockchain Technology Mean for Cancer Prediction and Prevention?

by Michael Scott

The pioneering work of Craig Venter, the genetic scientist who founded the Human Genome Project, brought vast awareness to the field of genetic research and its immense potentialities. As a result, a person’s genomic data now holds high market value, particularly as it relates to efforts to ...

Building the Blockchain of Genetic Data

by Michael Scott

Blockchain technology’s vast ocean of potential applications has been well documented. Now there is word that these digital ledger applications could help spark new advancements in drug development and genetic privacy while allowing consumers to earn some income in the form of cryptocurrency. ...

The Future of Distributed Compliance Management for Healthcare Professionals

by Michael Scott

For licensed medical professionals as well as the health organizations that employ them, the management of compliance records can be a challenging endeavor. This conundrum underscores the need for new advancements in secure storage and document access, which could eliminate paperwork while ...

Incentivizing Healthy Behaviors With Blockchain Technology

by Michael Scott

Healthy lifestyles are big these days. The Global Wellness Institute, which studies emerging trends in the field, found that the industry is a $3.7 trillion market worldwide. With this, growing numbers of entrepreneurial businesses that promote incentive-based wellness activities are sprouting ...

Can Blockchains Help Solve the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Crisis?

by Michael Scott

Drug and alcohol addictions are a worsening crisis in the U.S. Opioids in particular have garnered major media attention, having been declared a national public health emergency by the Department of Health and Human Services. With these concerns comes word of a novel blockchain-based project ...

HealthCombix Founder Cyrus Maaghul on Where Blockchains Are Needed in Healthcare

by Michael Scott

Cyrus Maaghul is a lifelong entrepreneur, currently exploring how blockchain, smart contract and decentralized autonomous organization technology can help solve issues within the healthcare industry. He is the founder of HealthCombix — a healthcare-focused, blockchain-based population health ...

Blockchain-Powered Health Coin Could Mean Self-Directed Healthcare

by Michael Scott

There has been a great deal of media attention regarding the U.S. healthcare system and its continuing struggles post-Obamacare. Saddled with soaring costs, inconsistencies in medical care and patient access barriers, consumers face major obstacles when seeking quality, affordable health ...

Can Blockchains Ignite a New Health Information Narrative?

by Michael Scott

The seamless flow of health information is often cited as a key factor in the effective engagement between patients and their health providers. Unfortunately, today’s healthcare markets have lagged behind on this measure amid legacy IT systems that are slow, archaic and siloed. Of course, ...

The CDC Looks to Distributed Ledger Technology to Improve Disease Surveillance

by Michael Scott

On September 1, 2017, the San Diego County public health office issued a local public health emergency due to an outbreak of hepatitis A in the U.S.Hepatitis A is a dangerous disease that attacks the liver, traveling from person-to-person through contact with fecally-contaminated environments. ...

France Opens the Doors for Unlisted Securities Trading Through Blockchains

by Michael Scott

In a move scrutinized by many in the technology industry and the financial sector, the French government recently announced that it will clear the way for unlisted securities to be traded utilizing blockchain-based digital ledgers. This new development is thought to be aimed at improving ...

Privacy Concerns Over Comcast’s Blockchain Foray

by Michael Scott

A recent patent submission by the telecom giant Comcast is certain to garner the attention of the blockchain community as well as privacy advocates. The filing suggests that the company is examining how to store customer viewing habits and identifying data on a blockchain-based database. ...

UPS Steers Into Blockchain Trucking Alliance

by Michael Scott

Since the concept of blockchain technology was first released in 2009 as the technology fabric supporting Bitcoin, numerous applications have been continually built on top of the infrastructure. The blockchain’s wide adoption as an alternative application for legacy financial systems has fueled ...

The Future of Community Health In Smart Cities

by Michael Scott

A smart city is a concept in which information and communication technology integrate with “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology to connect machine components across an urban landscape. A smart city plan has the potential to improve city infrastructures by minimizing costs, foster innovation and ...

Hyperledger’s Latest Effort to “Quilt” Together Blockchain Networks

by Michael Scott

Blockchain-based networks are rapidly emerging as an element of digital life as advancements in cross-industry innovation continue to take shape. This new generation of transactional applications, which embody trust, accountability and transparency, is ushering in a new normal of streamlined ...

International Technology Player Joins Healthcare Consortium

by Michael Scott

Blockchain technology in healthcare is real. It has the potential to help healthcare providers and payers bridge traditional data silos, dramatically increase efficiencies, keep healthcare data secure and streamline patients’ access to medical data. However, professionals in healthcare seem to ...

Ethereal SF to Broaden the Blockchain Conversation on October 27

by Michael Scott

ConsenSys a venture studio focused on decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain technology, has announced the Ethereal San Francisco summit to be held on October 27. It will occur at Terra, one of the city’s premier art galleries and event locales. ...

A Platform To Bypass Healthcare’s Legacy Technology

by Michael Scott

In 2006 the Harvard Business School Press published a book — Redefining Health Care: Creating Value Based Competition on Results, by Michael Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg — that offered a compelling critique of our healthcare system. However, the book also introduced a breakthrough ...

Changing the Rx for Healthcare's Woes

by Michael Scott

Healthcare in the U.S. has reached a pivotal point. While battles over health reform rage throughout Congress, Americans continue to be faced with soaring costs, quality of care deficiencies and barriers to medical service access. All this comes amid reports that out of control administrative ...

Life Science On the Distributed Ledger

by Michael Scott

Bioscience is an area in medical science that involves genetic research, disease prevention and lifestyle treatments. It’s been around for a long time but the infrastructural application of blockchain technology offers the possibility of significant advancement.According to a June 2016 survey of ...

What Does Delaware's Blockchain Legislation Mean for Equity Markets?

by Michael Scott

When it comes to international commerce and equities, Delaware, the second-smallest state in the U.S., has big intentions. The state already has a stellar reputation as one of the best places to establish a corporate entity in America, boasting two-thirds of all U.S.-listed companies and 85 ...

Will Blockchains Reshape Corporate Entities?

by Michael Scott

Corporate entities have long been employed by enterprises seeking to limit their liability, protect their assets and minimize tax burdens. These legal structures have evolved over time, emerging as one of the most common vehicles for conducting business domestically and worldwide. Today, with ...

Author Q&A: The Blockchain Book for Healthcare

by Michael Scott

Peter B. Nichol, managing director of OROCA Innovations, is one of the world’s foremost experts in healthcare and blockchain technology. He is also the author of the recently released book “The Power of Blockchain for Healthcare.” In light of his expertise and the publication of this new book, ...

Questions Loom for Healthcare's Data Security

by Michael Scott

The speed of the internet makes personal healthcare information more readily available than ever before. Though it’s tough to quantify the results of this change, it seems certain that health data security will remain a top priority for hospitals and other healthcare organizations tasked with ...

Dubai’s Rise as an Epicenter for Blockchain Innovation

by Michael Scott

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) city of Dubai is a vibrant, global trade center bolstered by low taxes, a first class transportation infrastructure and relative stability in a sometimes volatile region. Recently, Dubai has placed a bold bet destined to further its reputation as one of the fastest ...

A New Frontier for Community Healthcare

by Michael Scott

America’s community health center movement originated as a group of public health and justice advocates who became active during the 1960s. A major catalyst in the movement’s development was a young South Africa-educated doctor named H. Jack Geiger. Geiger committed himself to observing how a ...

The Blockchain And Global Health

by Michael Scott

Amid the popularity of worldwide travel, a growing number of people are aligning their trips with healthcare services. The basis of this movement is known as medical tourism.This is a concept in which people travel outside of their home country to obtain medical treatment that is often cheaper ...

IBM Report Highlights Blockchain’s Value in Healthcare

by Michael Scott

As blockchain technology is adopted more widely within healthcare, a recent survey sought to gauge the intersection between the industry and disruptive innovation.In a report titled “Healthcare Rallies for Blockchain: Keeping Patients At The Center,” the IBM Institute for Business Value and The ...

Free Markets and Consumer Healthcare: Hashing Out a Solution

by Michael Scott

It’s a well-known fact that U.S. health systems function in a very disjointed way. Consumers get little or no information enabling them to make informed decisions about their care. Moreover, they are often enmeshed in health delivery networks that give them no self-directed choice. Cost and ...

Reshaping U.K.’s National Health Service With the Blockchain

by Michael Scott

The National Health Service (NHS) is a British legacy institution tasked with caring for 65 million people. Despite existing as a model for universal healthcare, the system is rife with challenges: a bloated bureaucracy, outdated systems, clinical failure, internal political squabbles and ...

Building A New VA Healthcare System, Block by Block

by Michael Scott

There continues to be a flurry of media attention about persistent problems facing the V.A. health system. As the largest integrated health system in the U.S., the system serves 8.76 million veterans annually at over 1,700 care sites. It is also the nation’s largest provider of graduate medical ...

Are Patient Payment and Records Solutions Just Around the Block?

by Michael Scott

In the U.S., the complex nature of health payment and records systems has been well documented. This is widely viewed as a key bottleneck in a healthcare industry saddled with soaring costs, spotty care and barriers to patient access.For a broader perspective on what can be done to address these ...

Walled Gardens and Bad Neighbors: MadHive’s Blockchain-Based Ad Tech Solution

by Michael Scott

The sea of first-party data aggregated every second of the day by advertising publishers brings with it a wave of targeting specificity that could only be dreamed about years ago. Programmatic advertising, where online ads are sold through digital exchanges, will undoubtedly be the preeminent ...