Deep Learning for Healthcare Services

Role of Blockchain in Healthcare Sector

Author(s): Sheik Abdullah Abbas*, Karthikeyan Jothikumar and Arif Ansari

Pp: 48-62 (15)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815080230123020005

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The domain of bio-medical engineering is facing significant challenges and issues due to data management, data attribution, data security, data availability and privacy. The mechanism of blockchain corresponds to a time-stamped set of data records that is maintained and managed by a cluster/group of the computer system. The collection of cluster groups is secured and protected by cryptographic values, which are often said to be the chains. The growth of blockchain has progressed in a variety of applications in terms of asset management, IoT, smart devices, supply chains, public data validations, and personal identification. Even though the growth has progressed in different emerging disciplines, the impact of blockchain in technology-based biomedical engineering created a vast difference and incorporation in various fields of operation. In a medical data management system, an old audit trail is mostly needed to perform data operations such as insert, delete, and update. Blockchain is, therefore, suitable for the process concerning fixed ledger to record and update critical information services. This chapter completely focuses on the role of blockchain in biomedical engineering applications.

Keywords: Asset management, Biomedical appliances, Data management, Data analytics, Digital medicine, Healthcare infrastructure, Medical data.

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