Blockchain and Digital Health

Report Abstract

As with any new technology, the hype may not always have sufficient substance to make the transformation to real value. Blockchain is the technology underlying bitcoin, and is gaining considerable interest from the public sector, big corporations and leading research schools around the world. To date, general public understanding of blockchain is limited and the implications for digital health are still poorly understood. The technology promises to improve security and privacy in the era of digital health, but faces a number of technological, legal and organisational challenges. This report examines the discussion in the scientific community as well as in commerce and industry; to provide a balanced scope of the narrative regarding the implications of blockchain in healthcare.