Reformer thoughts

The potential for blockchain in healthcare to address specific challenges in the NHS is promising. For patients, they could gain control of their own healthcare records; for clinicians, it could provide a fuller picture of a patient’s medical history; and researchers have an opportunity for large-scale data collection for research and development, based on patients’ permission. This collection of articles, from a range of contributors, is designed to look at the potential but also explores barriers to implementation. This includes issues around security, trust, the implications of GDPR, as well as the interoperability of medical data, for which blockchain is not a silver bullet. Reformer Thoughts publications are designed to bring together the opinions of leading experts to provide readers with valuable insight into the challenges shaping the policy debate. The series aims to give a platform to innovative ideas and facilitate an open and informed conversation about how we can improve public services. The first discusses the potential for blockchain in healthcare.

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