Blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) have great potential across healthcare to improve patient care and reduce costs. These emerging technologies have already started to take hold in healthcare networks, from clearinghouses to drug supply chains to provider-credentialing processes and other critical areas. As the industry learns more about the applications and impact of this technology and its potential role in furthering interoperability and health information exchange, HIMSS will provide you with thought leadership and resources in our Blockchain in Healthcare Library. See below to get started.

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In This Library

Blockchain 101

To understand how blockchain technology may be relevant to healthcare, it is important to have a foundation about how this particular type of DLT works and how it could be applied to the broader healthcare ecosystem.

Adoption and Implementation

When applying the technology, it is essential to identify real-world scenarios in healthcare where blockchain may be relevant and valuable. In this section, you will find resources to assist in the identification of use cases within the healthcare space and guide your organization’s exploration of possible solutions.

Considerations in Healthcare

There are a number of considerations when pursuing implementation of blockchain technology for a particular use case, especially within the healthcare setting.

Additional Resources

Access HIMSS thought leadership and resources to learn more about our ongoing blockchain activities and strategic relationships.

Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community

This HIMSS community serves as the central convening point for interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) professionals to promote meaningful education and thought leadership in the health information and technology industry. We connect professionals committed to transforming health through standards-based interoperability and HIE, with opportunities for networking with peers, sharing ideas, learning best practices and leveraging collaborative opportunities.

Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force

Volunteers on this HIMSS task force will explore and educate the healthcare community on the practical applications of blockchain and DLT within the healthcare setting. Members of this group are tasked with (1) highlighting real-word examples of the technology’s use, (2) creating resources to better understand the technology and considerations for implementation and (3) sharing subject matter expertise on the various use cases to which the technology can be applied.


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This content was created by the 2018-2019 HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force. To learn more about HIMSS Blockchain activities, please contact us.