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Socio-technical consideration for blockchain technology in healthcare


Wong, MC and Yee, KC and Nohr, C, Socio-technical consideration for blockchain technology in healthcare, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 247 pp. 636-640. ISSN 0926-9630 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) and IOS Press. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-852-5-636


Blockchain technology is often considered as the fourth industrial revolution that will change the world. The enthusiasm of the transformative nature of blockchain technology has infiltrated healthcare. Blockchain is often seen as the much needed and perfect technology for healthcare, addressing the difficult and complex issues of security and inter-operability. More importantly, the "value" and trust-based system can deliver automated action and response via its smart contract mechanism. Healthcare, however, is a complex system. Health information technology (HIT) so far, has not delivered its promise of transforming healthcare due to its complex socio-technical and context sensitive interaction. The introduction of blockchain technology will need to consider a whole range of socio-technical issues in order to improve the quality and safety of patient care. This paper presents a discussion on these socio-technical issues. More importantly, this paper argues that in order to achieve the best outcome from blockchain technology, there is a need to consider a clinical transformation from "information" to "value " and trust. This paper argues that urgent research is needed to address these socio-technical issues in order to facilitate best outcomes for blockchain in healthcare. These socio-technical issues must then be further evaluated by means of working prototypes in the medical domain in coming years.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Blockchain, socio-technical, disruptive innovation, information communication technology, quality and safety
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
UTAS Author:Wong, MC (Dr Ming Wong)
UTAS Author:Yee, KC (Dr Kwang Yee)
ID Code:126306
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2018-06-04
Last Modified:2019-08-12
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