Blockchain in pharma: opportunities in the supply chain
Published by https://www.pharmaceutical-technology.com/
Despite the possible negative connotations surrounding blockchain and crypto-currencies, the potential for the blockchain to bring tangible benefits to the healthcare sector is incredibly high. At the MedCity Converge conference in Philadelphia, US last year, Merck associate director for applied technology, Nishan Kulatilaka, noted that healthcare could be the second-largest sector to adopt the technology, after financial services.
For patients and public health systems, blockchain could, among other applications, be a natural facilitator for electronic health records that are shareable between different health organisations without impairing the security of the data. “There’s something that’s really cool about having your record follow you wherever you go without needing that data on you at all times,” MedCity News quoted Kulatilaka as saying. “You’re no longer bound to your hospital system.”
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