Applications of blockchain technology in medicine and healthcare: Challenges and future perspectives

Asad Ali Siyal, Aisha Zahid Junejo, Muhammad Zawish, Kainat Ahmed, Aiman Khalil, Georgia Soursou

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Blockchain technology has gained considerable attention, with an escalating interest in a plethora of numerous applications, ranging from data management, financial services, cyber security, IoT, and food science to healthcare industry and brain research. There has been a remarkable interest witnessed in utilizing applications of blockchain for the delivery of safe and secure healthcare data management. Also, blockchain is reforming the traditional healthcare practices to a more reliable means, in terms of effective diagnosis and treatment through safe and secure data sharing. In the future, blockchain could be a technology that may potentially help in personalized, authentic, and secure healthcare by merging the entire real-time clinical data of a patient’s health and presenting it in an up-to-date secure healthcare setup. In this paper, we review both the existing and latest developments in the field of healthcare by implementing blockchain as a model. We also discuss the applications of blockchain, along with the challenges faced and future perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Blockchain
  • Data-sharing
  • Distributed ledger technology
  • Distributed systems
  • Health information exchange, security, interoperability
  • Healthcare, biomedical
  • Medicine
  • Privacy
  • Transparency


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