Recent Advances in IoT and Blockchain Technology

Blockchain in Smart Healthcare Facility

Author(s): Ayush Kumar Singh, Nipunika and Deepak Kumar Sharma *

Pp: 61-95 (35)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051605122040005

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Healthcare is an indispensable system whose efficiency and robustness are reliable indicators of a nation's prosperity. This sector has seen technological advancements not only in terms of medical equipment and drugs but also in varied fields such as Electronic Medical Records, wearable health monitoring devices, and telemedicine. In this chapter, we explore the aspects of utilising the disruptive technology of blockchain in healthcare. Ever since its initial use in cryptocurrency and finance, aiming to shift the industry from institute-centric to patient-centric, blockchain technology has found its use in healthcare. This chapter analyzes its use cases along with the limitations posed by traditional healthcare systems and how blockchain alleviates them. Furthermore, we will also walk through the roadblocks in implementing blockchain-based healthcare services and discuss a few implemented as well as proposed blockchain-based healthcare frameworks, highlighting their successes and failures. 

Keywords: Applications, Blockchain, Electronic medical records, Electronic health records, Healthcare, Services, Supply chain.

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