Artificial intelligence and blockchain: Much more than health IT 'buzzwords'

March 18, 2019 1 min read

Nearly everywhere you turn in healthcare today, artificial intelligence and blockchain are two emerging health IT technologies that are coming into their own and getting more and more attention—especially when it comes to solving problems and delivering financial and clinical ROI. 

Here are insights from six health IT thought leaders about what the future might hold for these technologies:

Lynn Carroll. Chief of Strategy & Operations of HSBlox: With a single source of truth that reduces errors and the need for reconciliation, blockchain can simultaneously address patient privacy concerns and care continuum data-sharing needs. The use of private permissioned ledgers—where only stakeholders with permission are granted access to patient data—places patients at the center of the data exchange and enables exploration of a holistic medical and social record governed by the patient’s consent. With the continued move towards patient engagement, population health management, prospective disease management, in-home monitoring, telehealth consultations and post-acute outreach can all benefit from the use of blockchain for reliable and secure data-sharing.

Ken Kaufman. Chair of Kaufman Hall: AI has the promise to deliver great benefit through its ability to learn, but as Cornell Professor Steven Strogatz points out, AI can’t explain how it learns, and this is a potential barrier to trust from healthcare professionals and patients.

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