By Pete Harris, Executive Director, Austin Blockchain Collective
I’ve known for a long time that healthcare relies on data in order to operate (no pun intended) effectively, safely and efficiently. It’s also been apparent that current processes to capture and share data are pretty much broken — one example that most patients can relate to are badly designed paper forms, usually partially completed with bad handwriting, and then faxed between providers. Some of it might end up being manually entered into an EHR system, mistakes and all, which of course can’t communicate digitally with similar systems at other providers.
All that paper, manual processing and silo-ed databases will need to change, and not just to make healthcare delivery more efficient and less costly for payers and providers, and to offer better outcomes for patients. Here’s why …
About the Author
Pete Harris is Principal of Lighthouse Partners. He has 40+ years of business and technology experience, focusing in recent years on business applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.