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The State of Illinois Moves Provider Credentialing to the Blockchain

by David Hollerith

2017 has proved to be a busy year for legislation in blockchain technology. While not every state is necessarily coming around to the blockchain, most are at least addressing the technology. It’s reported by BlackLine Advisory Group that as of July 27, “at least 16 bills have been enacted or ...

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 ...

Modernizing Pharma's Supply Chain

by Giulio Prisco

Lipscomb University, based in Nashville, Tennessee, has formed a partnership with Hashed Health, a healthcare innovation company focused on blockchain technology. The partnership, as reported by the Tennessean (USA Today network) in June, will explore potential uses for distributed ledgers in ...

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 ...

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 ...

Reducing Friction In Healthcare Payment

by David Hollerith

In a NYT article dated May 15, 2017, A Whistle-Blower Tells of Health Insurers Bilking Medicare, journalist Mary Williams Walsh brought attention to the latest instance of insurance companies “gaming” healthcare. According to the article, UnitedHealth had made patients appear sicker than they ...

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 ...

Hashed Health Launches Blockchain Consortium for Healthcare Companies at Distributed: Health Conference

by Christie Harkin

Hashed Health, a new collaborative healthcare innovation company, has announced a major partnership with Martin Ventures, a global leader in healthcare and technology initiative investment. Its mission is to bring together leading healthcare enterprises in order to advance distributed ledger ...

Blockchain Sets a New Standard for Health Record Operability, Says New Research Paper

by Giulio Prisco

A new research white paper, How Blockchain Technology Can Enhance EHR Operability, jointly published by Ark Invest and Gem, makes a thoughtful case for the need to modernize the way electronic patient health records, called EHRs, are accessed and handled across the healthcare industry. According ...

Winners of Health IT Blockchain Challenge Showcase Trends in Privacy, Interoperability and Claims Processing

by Giulio Prisco

Chosen from among more than 70 submissions, recently announced winners of the Blockchain Challenge in Health IT reflect critical developments in encryption, distributed ledger interoperability and smart-contracts claims processing, addressing issues that have long vexed the healthcare industry.A ...

Understanding Blockchain's Role in the Labyrinth of Healthcare

by Pete Harris

The infrastructure that underpins the healthcare industry is increasingly cited as ripe for a redux based on blockchain technology – to improve efficiency and reduce costs, and provide better services to patients. But the devil is in the details, so Distributed asked David George, Chief ...

The Fast-Growing Impact of Distributed Ledgers on the Healthcare Sector

by Giulio Prisco

Gem, a provider of enterprise blockchain solutions, recently launched Gem Health, a network for developing applications and shared infrastructure for healthcare powered by the Ethereum blockchain and announced that Philips Blockchain Lab, a research and development center of healthcare giant ...

Rubix by Deloitte on Blockchain Use Cases for the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

by Pete Harris

“Within one value chain - the pharmaceutical supply chain for drug products - many use cases exist across the board where there’s an opportunity to leverage blockchain technology. Why? Because in this value chain there are many points where processes break down due to a lack of transparency and ...

Healthcare: Can the Blockchain Optimize and Secure It?

by Jacob Donnelly

The disruptive nature of blockchain technology is easy for people to conceptualize in the field of finance. T+3 interferes in traders being able to maximize earnings – payments shouldn’t take days to process while an email can be sent in seconds. As the first use case in many to come, finance is ...