Blockchain is the new cloud but instead of having data condensed into one server, it is securely divided amongst multiple secured systems. Here at the top 5 reasons Healthcare companies should consider the benefits:
- “Smart” Contracts
- Faster way for contracts to get automatically processed. Once the conditions are met it will immediately be administered. It will eliminate the middle-man of having to approve each contract individually.
- Supply Chain Processes
- This new development can help supply chains become more efficient. It will help bring to speed supply and demand. It could assist in the prevention of fake or fraudulent drugs/medical devices entering the system.
- Physician Credentialing
- This may be the most efficient way to make sure a physician has all their credentials and that they are up to date. This will increase patient safety, quality of care and risk management.
- Peer-to-peer data exchange
- Blockchain will help avoid double entries such as prescriptions. It will also decrease wait time for authorizations and assist in the prevention of prescription shopping by drug dealers/junkies. It also increases the portability of personal data, meaning someone who lives in California could easily transfer their medical records to a New Hampshire Doctor whilst on vacation in that state or to a local hospital in the case of an emergency.
- Proof of Work
- Block chain utilization could act as a system of verified checks and balances against fulfilment of medical analysis/procedures . Physicians will not be able to alter their entries since these will be logged and timestamped accordingly. It will also highlight excessive medical procedures, assist in federal/state/insurance company fraud prevention, and act as billing mechanism for work completed.
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This article was created by Stephanie Sok, Business Researcher, Global Healthcare IT, Inc. with assistance from the following base line articles: For more on each please click on the link.
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