Int J Oral Biol.  2018 Mar;43(1):1-3. 10.11620/IJOB.2018.43.1.001.

Blockchain Revolution in Healthcare : The Era of Patient-centered Dental Information System

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  • 1MediBloc Inc., Gangnam-gu Teheran-ro 142, Seoul, Republic of Korea. wkkho@medibloc.org

Abstract

Blockchain is at the center of attention recently and it is expected to have a huge impact on healthcare industry including dentistry as well. Blockchain is a fundamental technology behind Bitcoin and itis all about decentralization, security, reliability, and transparency. These characteristics of the technology empower it to disrupt the current healthcare industry in innumerable practices such as supply chain management in pharmaceuticals to prevent the counterfeited medicine, clinical trials to guarantee transparency, healthcare information exchanges or personal health record systems to ensure data integrity and interoperability, etc. It will surely revolutionize the way the current healthcare system works; from provider-oriented to patient-centered. Hence, it is time to seriously consider how we could be a part of this blockchain revolution in dentistry.

Keyword

Blockchain; Healthcare; Dentistry

MeSH Terms

Clinical Medicine
Delivery of Health Care*
Dentistry
Health Care Sector
Health Records, Personal
Information Systems*
Politics
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