Big data seems to be the answer to everything these days. It's especially attractive as a way to disrupt large, traditional industries that were built before we had the ability to connect people and information.
Some industry experts say that without a doubt, the healthcare system in America is broken. Many reasons are given. Some say it’s a result of long-running, compounding fractures of competing interests, disconnected payment schemes, rival financial motives, poor visibility to costs, massive amounts of regulatory rules and requirements, complex layering of protocol and training, and the list sadly goes on and on… And all of this mess is in the context of high-stakes, literal life-and-death nature
Thus far we’ve just been considering primarily treatment related aspects of healthcare and medicine, but what about preventing the need for an intervention or injury in the first place? From my daily focus on the analytical realm of sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation, I am very interested in and have published on complex systems and nonlinear relationships in hospitals’ functioning and healthcare.
With the need to integrate healthcare records from multiple providers, registries, and pharmacies (including data on diet and supplements), patient record security is a growing challenge. Will a blockchain approach keep a patient's Electronic Medical Record (EMR) data safe? I published an article on LinkedIn that stated, Peter Nichol argues that blockchain technology will revolutionize healthcare and provide the security necessary to prevent record breaches and data hostage situations.