Forward-thinking enterprises are investigating innovative uses for this distributed ledger technology.
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4. Healthcare Records
Through projects like DokChain, developers are working on blockchain-based applications for tracking electronic health records and other types of medical data. Blockchain makes it possible to store a complete and accurate record of all of the health care a patient has received in his or her lifetime. The data is encrypted for protection, but the patient would be able to grant providers access to the data as desired.
In addition, anonymized data could be made available to researchers. As a result, individual patients could be certain that their doctors, hospitals and pharmacies would have access to all the relevant data from their medical history, and researchers could gain access to detailed records that could help them spot new correlations and offer suggestions for better treatment of the population at large.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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