Crypto-currency tech moving to Health IT
Bitcoin, the digital currency, rose to prominence from it’s start in 2009 built upon Blockchain encryption and records keeping technology.
Instead of a database that is centrally located and maintains the records (be they currency or health records), blockchain shares the data among a network of computers allowing users to add transactions (or information blocks) to the chain.
The information is kept secure through cryptography and distribution over a wide array of computers. The implications of a decentralized network maintaining records and overcoming the ongoing challenges of interoperability have excited a flurry of articles and papers over the past six months.
Host Michael Koriwchak, M.D., our in house Health IT guru will unpack the complexities and comment on the problems and possibilities ahead.