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Blockchain in Healthcare – Thematic Research

Although pharmaceutical and medical device companies have expressed enthusiasm about blockchain, the healthcare sector has lagged behind others when it comes to adopting the technology. However, blockchain is set to gain more importance in the healthcare industry as it can play a pivotal role in a wide range of processes.

Blockchain technology will play a role in a wide range of healthcare processes, including sharing healthcare data, tracing supply chains, and optimizing the payment process. Blockchain will establish a means through which healthcare stakeholders, including patients, physicians, insurance companies, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, distributors, and government, can interact with each other using a transparent, trusted decentralized ledger.


Our Blockchain in Healthcare report provides an assessment of the key technological, regulatory, and macroeconomic themes impacting how blockchain technologies are being used in healthcare today, and how this technology is expected to affect the healthcare sector in the future.


Key components of the report include:

  • Key Industry Players – the big players in the blockchain industry and where they sit in the value chain.
  • Trends in the Blockchain – key trends driving the adoption of the blockchain classified into four key categories: blockchain use case trends, technology themes, macroeconomic themes and regulatory themes.
  • Industry Analysis and Impact of Blockchain in Healthcare – key blockchain applications in the healthcare industry including case studies demonstrating how healthcare industry is using blockchain technology for improved outcomes.
  • Value Chain – blockchain implementation and integration in the healthcare industry, highlighting the market drivers and barriers.

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Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1.1 List of Tables

1.2 List of Figures

2 Industry Players

3 Industry Trends

3.1 Technology Themes

3.2 Macroeconomic Themes

3.3 Regulatory Themes

3.4 Blockchain Use Cases in Healthcare

4 Value Chain

4.1 Sharing Healthcare Data

4.2 Tracing Supply Chains

4.3 Optimizing Payment Process

5 Industry Analysis

5.1 Background

5.2 Distributed Ledger Technology and the Concept of Trust

5.3 Permissioned Distributed Ledger Technology Networks Insert a Degree of Trust into the Equation

5.4 Commercial Blockchains are Several Years Away

5.5 Distributed Ledger Technology Faces Several Fundamental Technical Challenges

5.5.1 Regulators Are More Strict About Privacy

5.5.2 Is Distributed Ledger Technology a Solution Looking for a Problem?

5.6 Market Drivers

5.6.1 Interoperability

5.6.2 Rising Need to Store and Secure Medical Data

5.6.3 Growing Incidence of Medical Data Breaches

5.6.4 Fighting Counterfeit Drugs

5.6.5 Cost Savings

5.6.6 Increased Application of Internet of Things in Healthcare

5.7 Market Barriers

5.7.1 Scalability Restrictions

5.7.2 High Development Cost

5.7.3 Lack of Standardization

5.7.4 Cultural Resistance

5.7.5 Security and Privacy Concerns

5.8 Competitive Analysis

5.9 Deals: Equity Offerings

5.10 Deals: Partnerships

5.11 Blockchain Consortia

5.12 Timeline

5.13 Healthcare Case Studies

5.13.1 Sharing Health Data with Providers Using Patient-Authorized Access

5.13.2 Clinical Trials

5.13.3 Personalized Medicine

5.13.4 Fighting Counterfeit Drugs

5.13.5 Prescription Tracking to Detect Opioid Overdose and Overprescription

5.13.6 Cross-Border Healthcare

5.13.7 Smart Contracts

5.13.8 Data Sharing to Incorporate Telemedicine with Traditional Care

5.13.9 Medical Adherence

5.13.10 Healthcare Insurance Management

5.14 Final Remarks

6 Companies Section

6.1 Tech Companies

6.2 Pharmaceutical Companies

7 Glossary

8 Appendix: Our “Thematic” Research Methodology

8.1 Bibliography

8.2 Traditional Thematic Research Does a Poor Job of Picking Winners and Losers

8.3 Introducing GlobalData’s Thematic Engine

8.4 This Is How It Works

8.5 How Our Research Reports Fit into Our Overall Research Methodology

8.6 About GlobalData

8.7 About the Authors

8.7.1 Pharma Analyst

8.7.2 Medical Device Analyst

8.7.3 Medical Device Analyst

8.7.4 Director of Thematic Analysis

8.7.5 Senior Director, Market Research

8.7.6 Global Head and EVP of Healthcare Operations and Strategy

8.8 Contact Us

8.9 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Blockchain in Healthcare Use Case Trends

Table 2: Macroeconomic Themes

Table 3: Regulatory Themes

Table 4: Blockchain Use Cases in Healthcare

Table 5: Equity Offerings

Table 6: Partnerships, Companies Involved in Healthcare

Table 7: Major Consortia

Table 8: Tech Companies

Table 9: Pharmaceutical Companies

Table 10: Glossary

List of Figures

Figure 1: Who Are the Leaders and Challengers in the Blockchain Industry?

Figure 2: The Blockchain Value Chain in Healthcare by Use Case

Figure 3: Sharing Healthcare Data – Who Are the Leading Players?

Figure 4: Tracing Supply Chains – Who Are the Leading Players?

Figure 5: Optimizing Payment Process – Who Are the Leading Players?

Figure 6: Current Investment in Emerging Technologies in Pharma

Figure 7: Current Investment in Emerging Technologies in Medical Devices

Figure 8: Future Investment in Blockchain

Figure 9: Timeline

Figure 10: Healthcare Value Chain and Blockchain Use Cases

Figure 11: Embleema’s PatientTruth Platform

Figure 12: BlockTrial Structure

Figure 13: SimplyVital Health’s Health Nexus Blockchain Protocol

Figure 14: MediLedger Network

Figure 15: Blockchain to Tackle Opioid Crisis

Figure 16: Pharmeum’s PHRM Token Schematic

Figure 17: Smart Contracts

Figure 18: Blockchain-Enabled Telemedicine

Figure19: ScriptDrop Data Journey

Figure 20: Healthcare Insurance Management

Figure 21: Five-Step Approach for Generating a Sector Scorecard


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