Healthcare: Blockchains Everywhere

Although applications of blockchain technology are still nascent, all signs point to widespread adoption in the health and life sciences (HLS), for multiple uses.  Blockchains offer so much ready-made, battle-tested capability -- time stamps, ledgers, synchronized replication, immutability, non-repudiation, self-executing contracts -- that one can hardly think of an HLS application unable to benefit.

For many HLS applications, blockchains will be far more than just a convenient set of software libraries. They will be transformative. For this reason, industry, academia, and others are starting to re-imagine HLS workflows in a blockchain-y way, i.e. as transaction ledgers, identifying how a blockchain underpinning could make applications simpler, safer, easier, and more reliable.

To that end, and as part of its commitment to furthering this technology, Intel is presenting a series of such HLS re-imaginings. Blockchain application notes #1 and #2 have already been published for public consumption and unlimited distribution.

More application notes are planned, so be sure to watch this space for future posts.

What questions do you have? Tweet them to @IntelHealth or @DavidHoulding.

This post was co-written by Intel Chief Medical Officer John Sotos, MD, MS, and Intel Director of Healthcare Privacy & Security David Houlding, MSc, CISSP, CIPP.