Blockchain in Global Health – An appraisal of Current and Future Applications


Victoria Lemieux, Aranka Anema, Alexander Houghton, Chandana Unnithan

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Blockchain is an emerging technology that is highly regarded for its potential in offering a secure and reliable method of recording and sharing sensitive data in the health sector. This chapter aims at synthesizing some current applications of this technology in the global health sector and offers an outlook. Initially, readers are introduced to the relevant global health landscape framework, notably the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) pertaining to health. Subsequently, it describes the role of various stakeholders, latest developments, pilots and opportunities in the application of blockchain to health that can benefit patients, providers, payers and researcher communities. A critical appraisal follows synthesizing the challenges leading into an outlook where the proliferation of blockchain technologies in health enabled further by mIoT can better support public health around the world.

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