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Cryptography 2019, 3(1), 3; https://doi.org/10.3390/cryptography3010003

Applications of Blockchain Technology in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Future Perspectives

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro 76062, Pakistan
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Department of Computer Systems Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro 76062, Pakistan
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School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin A94 RK10, Ireland
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Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Voutes University Campus, 71202 Heraklion, Greece
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Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 14 December 2018 / Accepted: 26 December 2018 / Published: 2 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances of Blockchain Technology and Its Applications)
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Blockchain technology has gained considerable attention, with an escalating interest in a plethora of numerous applications, ranging from data management, financial services, cyber security, IoT, and food science to healthcare industry and brain research. There has been a remarkable interest witnessed in utilizing applications of blockchain for the delivery of safe and secure healthcare data management. Also, blockchain is reforming the traditional healthcare practices to a more reliable means, in terms of effective diagnosis and treatment through safe and secure data sharing. In the future, blockchain could be a technology that may potentially help in personalized, authentic, and secure healthcare by merging the entire real-time clinical data of a patient’s health and presenting it in an up-to-date secure healthcare setup. In this paper, we review both the existing and latest developments in the field of healthcare by implementing blockchain as a model. We also discuss the applications of blockchain, along with the challenges faced and future perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: blockchain; healthcare, biomedical; data-sharing; medicine; distributed ledger technology; distributed systems; health information exchange, security, interoperability; transparency; privacy blockchain; healthcare, biomedical; data-sharing; medicine; distributed ledger technology; distributed systems; health information exchange, security, interoperability; transparency; privacy
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Siyal, A.A.; Junejo, A.Z.; Zawish, M.; Ahmed, K.; Khalil, A.; Soursou, G. Applications of Blockchain Technology in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Future Perspectives. Cryptography 2019, 3, 3.

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