KEYNOTE ADDRESS: BLOCKCHAIN IN HEALTHCARE: WHY SO MUCH HYPE AND SO LITTLE IMPLEMENTATION?

Blockchain represents a solution set with several key integrated capabilities.  Numerous effective applications exist in the financial sector.  Many startups are building healthcare solutions with blockchain components, but none have reached widespread adoption.  Because of the integrated set of services provided by a blockchain platform, many stakeholders often need to participate in the adoption of blockchain-based applications within a pre-existing multi-platform ecosystem, aka Plecosystem. Planning and executing blockchain solutions must include strategy for how to define and elicit  the commitment of a critical mass of participants.  One way of expressing this dilemma is that there is a “high activation energy for a minimum viable ecosystem”.  Understanding those challenges and finding solutions that provide a clear ROI will ultimately lead to several pervasive blockchain applications in healthcare.  This talk will highlight several of the most likely candidate applications in healthcare.

John Mattison, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Chief Medical Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente, SCAL