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T. Kumar, V. Ramani, I. Ahmad, A. Braeken, E. Harjula and M. Ylianttila, "Blockchain Utilization in Healthcare: Key Requirements and Challenges," 2018 IEEE 20th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom), Ostrava, 2018, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.1109/HealthCom.2018.8531136

Blockchain utilization in healthcare : key requirements and challenges

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Author: Kumar, Tanesh1; Ramani, Vidhya1; Ahmad, Ijaz1;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communication (CWC), University of Oulu, Finland
2Industrial Engineering INDI, Vrije Universiteit Brussel VUB, Nijverheidskaai 170, 1070 Brussel
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-13


Blockchain is so far well-known for its potential applications in financial and banking sectors. However, blockchain as a decentralized and distributed technology can be utilized as a powerful tool for immense daily life applications. Healthcare is one of the prominent applications area among others where blockchain is supposed to make a strong impact. It is generating wide range of opportunities and possibilities in current healthcare systems. Therefore, this paper is all about exploring the potential applications of blockchain technology in current healthcare systems and highlights the most important requirements to fulfill the need of such systems such as trustless and transparent healthcare systems. In addition, this work also presents the challenges and obstacles needed to resolve before the successful adoption of blockchain technology in healthcare systems. Furthermore, we introduce the smart contract for blockchain based healthcare systems which is key for defining the pre-defined agreements among various involved stakeholders.

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ISBN: 978-1-5386-4294-8
ISBN Print: 978-1-5386-4295-5
Pages: 1 - 7
DOI: 10.1109/HealthCom.2018.8531136
Host publication: 2018 IEEE 20th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom), 17-20 September 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Conference: IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom)
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
217 Medical engineering
Funding: This work was supported by TEKES Finland project Towards Digital Paradise and by Academy of Finland under projects Industrial Edge and 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927) projects. The authors would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the COST Action CA15127 (RECODIS) and CA16226 (SHELD-ON).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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