over 2 years since HIMSS had its first
“Blockchain in Healthcare Symposium”, what started as hype has now
crystallized into pragmatic approaches around technology solutions
to solve the real healthcare challenges of bringing together security
technologies and end-user applications.
has been advocating a pragmatic and practical approach to blockchain for many
years and it’s pleasing to see the KSI blockchain deployment with the Estonian
Health Information System, which secures the integrity of the 1.3
million health records, being officially endorsed by Microsoft and the Office
of Technology the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information
Principal Healthcare Lead of Microsoft, articulates this
well, “Hype: only public blockchain is truly blockchain” has been replaced with
the “Reality: with focus on healthcare value, the vast majority of healthcare
use cases are using private / enterprise blockchains”. Not only, because the absolute anonymity
(read = ‘total distrust’) is unnecessary or even unwanted in healthcare, but
because the technology should augment, not rebuild the existing B2B networks
for meaningful new business opportunities.
(Chief Executive of the ONC) followed this with a list of government
validated challenges for blockchain, which must address, “access control and
consent”, “auditing”, “new and improved workflows for supply-chain,
track-and-trace, claims processes and payment automation, IRB clinical trial
approval”, I knew Guardtime Health arrived at a right time and place; because this
is all possible, right now.
certainly music to my ears that the old mantra of “we need a blockchain” has
been replaced with “I really want to open the new business opportunities for
me”, oh and, “can I also have a blockchain application to manage the basics of
my data governance?”. This means we’ve turned a corner and finally entered a
phase where the comparison is between what works and what doesn’t be a rational
business discussion rather than a technological one.
epiphany makes it so much easier for customers as they already know what
problems they still haven’t been able to solve and can now ask “which solution
will solve them?” rather than “do I need blockchain” because whilst blockchain
is important, blockchain alone does not solve problems.
value comes from removing uncertainty within digital solutions by guaranteeing
integrity of data, providing an immutable overview of what’s happening, thereby
bringing certainly to any environment regardless of who controls the data. This common trust in the data is the only way
to build mutual agreements within the supply chain, whether this is value-based
contracting or supply chain transparency or complex clinical trials.
the future is never certain, the need for everyone to verify a common
understanding of the ‘truth’ is gaining traction, whether this is to a
government agency, independent regulator, procurer, investor or the media. Must
be prepared for the future, if our actions today are being challenged.
only been at HIMSS for about 4 hours but coming to Orlando is already paying
off and there is still the rest of the week ahead.
forward to more insightful presentations as well as business chat with myself
or our General Manager Glen Ogden
at the Verizon
booth (#1959). Right - the partnerships you can build as an intelligent
technology company are amazing.