Blockchain: Opportunities & Challenges in Healthcare

Market Scan Report

Healthcare blockchains are currently in development and seeing early adoption in isolated applications for streamlining historically burdensome transactional processes. Whether you are interested in how the data-sharing landscape will change in the next decade, healthcare use cases for vendor solutions already on the market, or if you are just curious about what this ultra-hyped technology actually is, this is the report for you.


The report features an overview of blockchain technology through the lens of applications in healthcare. While more immediate applications are explored more in-depth, a trajectory of blockchain adoption and evolution is also provided. Blockchain vendor solutions ready for market in 2018 are profiled primarily around their use cases and customer types, plus a few blockchain-alternatives are briefly contrasted to blockchain possibilities. The report concludes with an analysis of potential obstacles and ways to avoid them.

Blockchain, combined with AI, the cloud, and other emerging technologies will enable a foundational shift in how we record, share, and use data in healthcare delivery and administration. Understanding blockchain’s role and capabilities will be key in making critical decisions to stay ahead of the transformation curve.

With so many diverse applications for blockchain technology and widespread change in processes, including claims adjudication, care coordination, patient data access, and supply-chain management, this report would be of interest to a diverse set of stakeholders including providers (big and small), payers, vendors, pharmaceutical and life science companies, consultants and more.

Vendors Profiled: Accenture, Change Healthcare, Deloitte Rubix, Factom, IBM (Hyperledger), MedRec, PokitDok, Simply Vital Health, SolveCare, and T Systems.

Number of Pages: 44

Published: May 2018

Cost: FREE

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We also have a webinar highlighting some key trends and findings from the report, plus a discussion on blockchain's potential (and limitations) with report author Jody Ranck, DrPH, Vince Kuraitis, JD, and John Halamka, MD.