Healthcare Working Group
The Healthcare Working Group provides a better understanding of the potential of blockchain to enable and improve regulation in healthcare and provide guidance to organizations implementing blockchain in relevant fields.
Objectives for 2021
The WG has agreed on three objectives around which it will carry out its annual work:
- Map the blockchain ecosystem in the healthcare sector and identify key systems in enabling pandemic management and prevention
- Establish relations and engagement with relevant bodies (EU or International) by fostering interaction with governmental bodies
- Enhance the level of education in blockchain by sharing knowledge and insight with governmental and academic bodies, as well as with healthcare professionals and providers at large, establishing a bi-directional learning process
Outputs for 2021
The Working Group engages in a number of activities aimed at achieving the above-mentioned objectives. In March, they hosted a roundtable on COVID-19 vaccination delivery and tracking solutions that matched policymakers, blockchain solution providers and healthcare professionals. Following up this event, the Working Group plans to publish a report on use cases and regulatory frameworks for blockchain in the healthcare sector.
Why is it essential?
As blockchain matures and its use spreads across industries, healthcare is one of the sectors in which the interaction between technology and regulation becomes more essential.
Because of the complexity and sensitivity of the industry, it is crucial that INATBA creates an active collaborative framework, not only to bring regulation and legal clarity to blockchain applications in the healthcare sector, but also to explore how the technology itself can support and expedite the digital transformation of healthcare leading to greater system efficiencies and better health outcomes.