blockchain

By Laura Lovett August 2, 2018
While the term blockchain has populated numerous news feeds and executive board room conversations recently, just how the technology works and what it can do for healthcare has remained somewhat of a mystery for the layperson. At the Digital Healthcare Innovations Congress in Boston yesterday Roger Smith, chief technology officer at Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, broke down how the technology...
Health Wizz pilot app uses a blockchain- and FHIR-enabled EHR aggregator
By Bill Siwicki July 19, 2018
Health Wizz has updated and is piloting its unusual blockchain- and FHIR-enabled EHR aggregator mobile app, which uses blockchain to tokenize data, enabling patients to securely aggregate, organize, share, donate and/or trade their medical records. The idea is to enable individuals to control their health data as easily as they do their online bank accounts to allow better communication between...
By Laura Lovett July 17, 2018
Blockchain is in vogue this year in the healthcare space as innovators find new uses for the technology, which makes information easy to verify and difficult to falsify.  Emerging out of stealth mode today is New York-based startup Embleema, which is launching its block chain personal health record platform designed to help link patients to life science researchers. “We focus on real data from...
Walmart patent for blockchain, wearable, biometric scanner-based EHR system
By Dave Muoio June 19, 2018
Walmart’s ongoing investigation of blockchain technologies seems to have intersected with its growing interest in joining the healthcare space, according to a patent application released earlier this week by the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to the document, which was filed in December, the retail giant is seeking to protect a method that allows a patient’s EHR to be obtained from a...
By Susan Morse April 4, 2018
Five healthcare organizations including insurers UnitedHealthcare and Humana, Optum, Quest Diagnostics, and MultiPlan are launching a blockchain pilot to help payers tackle mandated provider directories. UnitedHealthcare and Optum are both part of UnitedHealth Group. Humana got involved through old-fashioned networking, according to Mike Jacobs, a senior distinguished engineer at Optum, who has...
By Laura Lovett March 19, 2018
Correction: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect funding amount received by OncoPower.  A new platform exclusively for cancer patients is now registering new users. Witty Healthy's newly launched platform, called OncoPower, uses blockchain technology to help patients keep track of their medical data across providers and offer users incentives.  “Typically when a patient gets...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2018
In 2018, both social and technological trends will drive the transformation of healthcare. MobiHealthNews spoke to a range of stakeholders in the field to ask what they saw coming down the tracks. Read on for some general trends and predictions for digital health and healthcare during the coming year, and beyond. And watch this space next week for part two, including predictions about...
By Dave Muoio October 27, 2017
MintHealth has announced the launch of its self-sovereign health record platform here at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Powered by blockchain technology, the service allows patients to access their health records in real-time through a mobile or web app, and features a specialized digital currency as an incentive for preferred patient behaviors. “Blockchain is a buzzword that’s...
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2017
San Mateo, California-based PokitDok, which offers a suite of API-based software tools for appointment reminders, price transparency, patient check-in, and more, has received a new investment from the investment arm of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. While the company didn't disclose the amount of the investment, they did say it will be used to fund the development of a blockchain for...
By Heather Mack January 11, 2017
IBM Watson Health has announced a joint initiative with the US Food and Drug Administration to study the use of blockchain technology to share health data to ultimately improve public health. At first, the two-year collaboration will focus on oncology data, pulling together and exchanging data from a variety of sources including that from clinical trials, genomic data, EMRs, and from...