September 25, 2020

Incentivizing Change Within Social Determinants of Health Using Blockchain Technology

There are growing initiatives and calls to focus greater attention to the social determinants of health (SDOH) and their impact on population health (Heiman and Artiga, 2015). Several emerging strategies are being used to begin to address social determinants, such as the use of health impact assessments and applying health in all policies (HiAP). These strategies and tools are being implemented in an effort to review existing and needed policies, as well as to propose new policies to lessen health disparities (Koh et al., 2011). Efforts to further integrate SDOH through the use of health information technology and other emerging technologies, such as distributed ledger technology both in and outside of existing healthcare systems, are also increasing (Koh et al., 2011). Understanding and addressing the SDOH through both traditional and non-traditional sectors is key to further reducing health disparities (Heiman and Artiga, 2015; Cottrell et al., 2018; McGinnis et al., 2002). Through exploration of the current state of SDOH in the healthcare industry, an analysis of blockchain technology will render the acceleration and adoption of SDOH to effectively provide improved health outcomes.

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Dec 02, 2018

The Journal of the British Blockchain Association: Decentralized Healthcare on the Blockchain

The Journal of British Blockchain Association (JBBA) is Europe’s first peer reviewed, academic journal devoted to Blockchain technology, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Cryptocurrencies. It is an online, open access journal offering wide ranging and comprehensive coverage of all facets of Blockchain, DLT, Cryptocurrencies and is the leading practitioner journal in the European Blockchain community.

The JBBA was built on the objective of advancing the knowledge, understanding and application of Blockchain technologies through the publication of thorough, peer-reviewed, relevant research from leading academics and professionals.

The JBBA provides a forum for authors to share proof of concepts, knowledge transfer, proof of impact, experimentation and experiences across a wide range of industries and technologies in which Blockchain is being deployed. It also publishes original research, thought-leadership opinion pieces, case studies, critical reviews and interviews with key influencers and blockchain/DLT experts from around the globe that advance the common level of monologue within the blockchain/DLT profession.

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Nov 26, 2018

Tokens & The Internet of Value: Blending Game Theory, Computer Science, Psychology, and Economics


Abstract: Tokenization is a fundamental and transformation feature enabled via a blockchain. Tokenization is the digital representation of a real-world or digital asset of value (e.g., health data, real estate, music, insurance, advertising, art). Once tokenized, assets can be easily and securely exchanged. Within the healthcare ecosystem, these digital assets can be used for many different purposes (incentivizing positive health behaviors, reward data sharing, facilitate communication, assuring data quality, etc.). This session will discuss the transformational impact tokenization can have within the healthcare ecosystem. Topics will also include the use of next generation, non-fungible tokens (e.g., ERC-721, “CryptoKitties”). As every technology has its challenges, concerns and pitfalls around tokenization and the internet of value will be discussed.

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Nov 25, 2018

Data Sharing? The Case for Blockchain at the Global Convergence of Healthcare, Life sciences, and Consumer Markets

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Mar 23, 2018

Pragmatic, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Paving the Future for Healthcare

Abstract: Blockchain and distributed ledger technology is a disruptive force in healthcare. Methods: This article provides a globally relevant, interdisciplinary perspective intended to aid disparate group of actors, participants, and users that represent the diverse stakeholders of an increasingly complex and technologically reliant healthcare system. Domain expertise reinforced by literature published via industry, technical, and academic venues was used to inform these perspectives. Results: Key characteristics of blockchain and distributed ledger technology are highlighted and framed for a readership ranging from healthcare executive to policy makers to researchers. Antecedent application of blockchain in the financial sector is explored followed by the technical, security, and interoperability considerations specific to healthcare. Conclusion: Blockchain remains an emerging technology both fraught with unanticipated challenges and the promise of unrealized potential in healthcare.

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