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Blockchain in Healthcare: Insights on COVID-19

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Department of Economics, Management and Business Law, University of Bari Aldo Moro, 70124 Bari, Italy
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Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Neurosciences and Sense Organs, University of Bari ALDO MORO, 70124 Bari, Italy
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These authors equally contributed to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7167; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197167
Received: 19 August 2020 / Revised: 25 September 2020 / Accepted: 28 September 2020 / Published: 30 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: A Public Health Approach for Health Professionals)
The SARS-CoV2 pandemic has impacted risk management globally. Blockchain has been increasingly applied to healthcare management, as a strategic tool to strengthen operative protocols and to create the proper basis for an efficient and effective evidence-based decisional process. We aim to validate blockchain in healthcare, and to suggest a trace-route for a COVID19-safe clinical practice. The use of blockchain in combination with artificial intelligence systems allows the creation of a generalizable predictive system that could contribute to the containment of pandemic risk on national territory. A SWOT analysis of the adoption of a blockchain-based prediction model in healthcare and SARS-CoV-2 infection has been carried out to underline opportunities and limits to its adoption. Blockchain could play a strategic role in future digital healthcare: specifically, it may work to improve COVID19-safe clinical practice. The main concepts, and particularly those related to clinical workflow, obtainable from different blockchain-based models have been reported here and critically discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; healthcare management; global health; blockchain; artificial intelligence COVID-19; healthcare management; global health; blockchain; artificial intelligence
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Fusco, A.; Dicuonzo, G.; Dell’Atti, V.; Tatullo, M. Blockchain in Healthcare: Insights on COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7167.

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