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A blockchain-based smart contract system for healthcare management
Khatoon, Asma
Blockchain is evolving to be a secure and reliable platform for secure data sharing in application areas such as the financial sector, supply chain management, food industry, energy sector, internet of things and healthcare. In this paper, we review existing literature and applications available for the healthcare system using blockchain technology. Besides, this work also proposes multiple workflows involved in the healthcare ecosystem using blockchain technology for better data management. Different medical workflows have been designed and implemented using the ethereum blockchain platform which involves complex medical procedures like surgery and clinical trials. This also includes accessing and managing a large amount of medical data. Within the implementation of the workflows of the medical smart contract system for healthcare management, the associated cost has been estimated for this system in terms of a feasibility study which has been comprehensively presented in this paper. This work would facilitate multiple stakeholders who are involved within the medical system to deliver better healthcare services and optimize cost. This research is supported by the Employment Based Postgraduate Program of the Irish Research Council (IRC) Project ID: EBPPG/2015/185 and partially funded under the SFI Strategic Partnership Program by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and FotoNation Ltd. (Xperi Corporation) Project ID: 13/SPP/I2868 on Next Generation Imaging for Smartphone and Embedded Platforms.
Keyword(s): TECHNOLOGY; blockchain technology; healthcare; medical workflows; smart contracts; data exchange; secure; distributed ledger technology; transparency
Publication Date:
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Irish Research Council; Science Foundation Ireland; FotoNation Limited
Institution: NUI Galway
Publisher(s): MDPI
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2020-06-05 07:05:05 Last Updated: 2020-06-05 07:05:05