Implementation of blockchains in healthcare: A Systematic Review Protocol
Meinert E., Alturkistani A., Foley K., Osama T., Car J., Majeed A., Van Velthoven M., Wells G., Brindley DB.
A blockchain is a digitised, decentralised, public ledger; a shared and synchronised database that records cryptocurrency transactions. Despite the shift towards digital platforms enabled by Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), demonstrating a will to reform the healthcare sector, health systems face issues including security, interoperability, data fragmentation, timely access to patient data and siloes. Application of healthcare blockchains could enable data interoperability, enhancement of precision medicine and reduction in prescription frauds. The proposed systematic review will summarise the evidence on the strategies and frameworks utilised to implement blockchains in healthcare.