Posted 2nd May 2018 by Kate Barlow
Over the past few years, the popularity of the blockchain and cryptocurrencies has increased and has reached important notoriety, not only in scientiﬁc and IT journals, but also in the media. Although there are many kinds of cryptocurrencies in circulation nowadays, the most popular is Bitcoin.
Posted 27th April 2018 by Kate Barlow
The blockchain technology market is expected to grow to 2.3 billion US dollars by 2021, from 339.5 million US dollars in 2017.  With an annual growth rate of 61.5%, it is one of the fastest growing technologies in the healthcare industry.
Posted 16th April 2018 by Kate Barlow
The amount of data we are creating every day has increased exponentially to match the rise in use of smart and connected devices. The internet of things has connected every aspect of our lives to the digital realm: most of these devices operate by tracking your habits, movements, preferences, voice, and more, then logging those habits online. Specifically, the collection of health data has become abundant, because most people now have or wear some sort of device to track daily patterns, steps, cycles, and more. Even our phones often default to track these things for us, whether we choose to enable the function or not.
Posted 7th February 2018 by Kate Barlow
What is the blockchain?
According to a recent Forbes article: the blockchain is one of the most misunderstood technologies of 2017 (1). While most healthcare professionals have heard the term “blockchain” and are aware of the innovations in financial technology, few understand the fundamental principles behind the technology in order to speculate the impacts it will have on the healthcare industry, at hospitals, and for patients. This inability is common across sectors and can be attributed to the absence of any standard definition of blockchain technology. However, it is important that industry leaders have a firm basis for understanding it in order to foresee its impacts on their business. What follows is a list of key points for understanding the blockchain and enabling speculation on its impacts in healthcare:
Posted 31st January 2018 by Kate Barlow
This article was originally published on the Surrey CoDE blog in January 2018, and is published here with permission.