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Using Visualization to Build Transparency in a Healthcare Blockchain Application

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Department of Software and Computing Systems, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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Department of Computer Technology and Computation, University of Alicante, 03690 Alicante, Spain
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College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
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Harbinger Systems, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6768; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176768
Received: 12 July 2020 / Revised: 14 August 2020 / Accepted: 17 August 2020 / Published: 20 August 2020
With patients demanding services to control their own health conditions, hospitals are looking to build agility in delivering care by extending their reach into patient and partner ecosystems and sharing relevant patient data to support care continuity. However, sharing patient data with several external stakeholders outside a hospital network calls for the development of a digital platform that is trusted by both hospitals and stakeholders, given that there is often no single entity supporting such coordination. In this paper, we propose a methodology that uses a blockchain architecture to address the technical challenge of linking disparate systems used by multiple stakeholders and the social challenge of engendering trust by using visualization to bring about transparency in the way in which data are shared. We illustrate this methodology using a pilot implementation. The paper concludes with a discussion and directions for future research and makes some concluding comments. View Full-Text
Keywords: blockchain; IoT; secure transaction; health; file sharing; visualization blockchain; IoT; secure transaction; health; file sharing; visualization
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Peral, J.; Gallego, E.; Gil, D.; Tanniru, M.; Khambekar, P. Using Visualization to Build Transparency in a Healthcare Blockchain Application. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6768. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176768

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Peral J, Gallego E, Gil D, Tanniru M, Khambekar P. Using Visualization to Build Transparency in a Healthcare Blockchain Application. Sustainability. 2020; 12(17):6768. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176768

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Peral, Jesús; Gallego, Eduardo; Gil, David; Tanniru, Mohan; Khambekar, Prashant. 2020. "Using Visualization to Build Transparency in a Healthcare Blockchain Application" Sustainability 12, no. 17: 6768. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176768

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