Connecting Patient-Centric Blockchains with Multilayer P2P Networks and Digital Platforms

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Abstract

Healthcare represents a data-sensitive industry, and blockchain validation is a disrupting innovation in the field. Medicine ecosystems are increasingly patient-centric, being nurtured by growing amounts of (big) data always in need of validation. Blockchains play a vital role in this process, enabling transactions among Peer-to-Peer (P2P) entities without the need for a trusted third party, adding value to certified data. Patients represent a primary stakeholder that is linked to others through an interactive network. Complementary layers, linked by replica nodes and/or connecting edges, are fitter than atomistic networks to represent the multisided blockchain applications. These networks of networks increasingly embed digital platforms that represent a virtual bridging stakeholder. Being blockchains a distributed ledger that shares data among a network of peers, they can be naturally linked to digital networks. And digitalization – with its IT features - makes the stakeholders’ interaction intrinsically fitter for blockchains. Digital scalability deployed by platforms and their ubiquitous and permanent 24/7 features enhance the value co-creation of stakeholders (patients with healthcare providers, as MedTech players) that participate in multiple blockchains. The synergistic interaction of eHealth digital platforms and multilayer networks creates a proactive ecosystem that leverages healthcare blockchains, fostering massive adoption in a sensitive industry where privacy concerns increasingly matter. Patient-centric blockchains emerge as a natural validating by-product of these interactions, and may strongly contribute to fostering long-termed healthcare sustainability. This is also due to the circumstance that many healthcare bottlenecks may be softened thanks to blockchain adoption. This chapter shows which are some possible win-win patterns of the networked P2P interactions through blockchains. The intrinsic scalability of the model makes it ideally ubiquitous, with potential applications beyond the sensitive healthcare industry.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteBlockchain in Digital Healthcare
EditorRoberto Moro-Visconti and Ganesh Chandra Deka Malaya Dutta Borah
Pagine93-112
Numero di pagine20
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2021

Keywords

  • blockchain
  • healthcare

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