A bitcoin, a blockchain, and the AMA walk into a doctor’s office

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Recently, Akiri, a spin out of Health2047, an integrated innovation enterprise whose founding investor is the American Medical Association, announced the first network-as-a-service (NaaS) platform to the entire healthcare industry. Whoopie! Basically, Akiri is intended to make it easier to transmit data between pharmacies, patients, and physicians using blockchain technology (read: bitcoin) to help transmit information securely through codes. Apparently blockchain technology has many potential implementations (good Deloitte article) past the financial services industry, including the transmission of medical records/data. According to Akiri, the technology has “benefits extending beyond health information exchanges (HIEs), extract, transform, load (ETL) processes, and EMR systems.” Great, hopefully it will solve this issue posed by Dr. Rosenrosen.