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Episode 38: How Blockchain Can Help Fight The Opioid Epidemic [Podcast]

  • 26 December 2018
  • Blockchain Disruption

EP.38 How Blockchain Can Help Fight The Opioid Epidemic - Michael Brunner

Pharma is an industry that's jumping on almost every technological bandwagon, and blockchain is no exception. There are countless applications for blockchain in healthcare and pharma, but some of the most promising have to do with securing healthcare data and creating more visibility on a patient's long-term health journey. The key is building systems that protect privacy while increasing data veracity for medical professionals who are working to help patients stay healthy.

In this episode, I ask Michael Brunner, the CEO of BlockMedX, how blockchain and pharma are colliding in meaningful ways. Michael and his Co-Founder recognized the potential for blockchain in logging patient prescription data, both to protect them from overuse, and to prevent any human error. By logging patient use of opioid medication securely, blockchain based systems can protect patient privacy, while alerting healthcare providers when addition or abuse might be happening. We discuss the implications of better provenance and tracking of pharmaceuticals and how blockchain can be applied to solve problems for real people. If you've wondered what potential uses exist for blockchain in healthcare and the opioid crisis, check out this episode!

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How blockchain could help end the opioid crisis.
  • How you can build secure blockchain solutions in healthcare.
  • What the future of healthcare looks like with secure blockchain applications.

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Twitter: @blockmedx

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