Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Dr Stewart Southey weighs the potential benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in the NHS.
“The past few years have seen a veritable frenzy wherever the term blockchain has been used. Touted as the silver bullet that will save every industry, billions of euros of venture capital and crowdfunded money has been poured into new projects. Though there are many exciting new start-ups promising to revolutionise healthcare, there are significant challenges ahead before we will know exactly how helpful a distributed ledger can be. This article explores these issues in the context of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).”