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By Tom Sullivan 03:26 pm December 26, 2018
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm December 19, 2018
For healthcare, blockchain is continually transitioning from an obscure technology to a viable tool for various administrative and data-focused use cases. But while players big and small might be curious about its potential, they’ll also need to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to pilots and partnerships dedicated to the distributed ledger technology. Plenty of healthcare...
By Dave Muoio 03:57 pm December 18, 2018
Change Healthcare — a provider of health IT software that ranges from network data analytics to revenue improvement — announced this morning the acquisition of several key assets from blockchain-focused API startup PokitDok, including its software, IP and employees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Prior to this, PokitDoc has raised just over $55 million in in funding GIS Strategic Ventures...
By Jonah Comstock 02:15 pm December 18, 2018
When health tech companies turn to distributed ledger technology, security is one of the key reasons they do it. But to say that blockchain is inherently more secure than other technologies would be a dangerous oversimplification. In reality, blockchain is a novel technology for solving certain security problems. But to be truly useful in healthcare, it will need to be approached smartly and...
By Jonah Comstock 02:00 pm December 17, 2018
According to IDC, 20 percent of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain by 2020. So should startups in the healthcare space be using it now? Well, not necessarily. While many digital health startups are putting blockchain to good use, for others it might be premature, or even extraneous. “I think companies over the last couple years have been asking the question ‘I want to use...
By Mike Miliard 05:55 pm December 14, 2018
Could distributed ledger technology offer the promise of real-time EHR updates, seamless interoperability and protection from from ransomware?
By Diana Manos 05:51 pm December 14, 2018
European Union Blockchain Observatory & Forum says that, while there are tensions and some uncertainty about how to protect data and use blockchain under GDPR, there are still ways to accomplish it.
By Jonah Comstock 02:11 pm December 13, 2018
Credentialing is a complicated but rarely discussed problem for doctors, health systems, and health plans. When a doctor wants to start a new job or enter a new payer’s network, their prospective hirer needs to gather a wide variety of certificates and credentials, a process that can take months or even a year. Anthony Begando, CEO of the Professional Credentials Exchange (ProCredEx), is looking...