Health Data Management March 15, 2019
Richard Bloch, Hannah Berson, Lukasz Kozinski

The Internet as we know it today was once a shiny new technology. And like many new shiny technologies, the Internet was misunderstood. Yet what we think to be the Internet—surfing websites, posting messages on Facebook and Googling for answers to arcane questions—is really something called the World Wide Web, a specialized set of services that runs across the Internet.

Blockchain is today’s Internet. It’s a new technology that heralds unprecedented change in communications. When we talk about the applications of blockchain in healthcare, it becomes extremely difficult to accurately apply the term blockchain to any known problem set, because everyone has their own uniquely-defined interpretation of this new terminology. 

We suggest that the term blockchain, as more accurately embodying...

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