JMIR Res Protoc 2019 Feb 8;8(2):e10994. Epub 2019 Feb 8.
Healthcare Translation Research Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Background: A blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, distributed public ledger that acts as a shared and synchronized database that records cryptocurrency transactions. Despite the shift toward digital platforms enabled by electronic medical records, demonstrating a will to reform the health care sector, health systems face issues including security, interoperability, data fragmentation, timely access to patient data, and silos. The application of health care blockchains could enable data interoperability, enhancement of precision medicine, and reduction in prescription frauds through implementing novel methods in access and patient consent. Read More