HC3: Applications, Benefits of Blockchain in Healthcare

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Blockchain technology is the basis of most cryptocurrencies, but the Health Sector Cybersecurity Coordination Center’s (HC3) latest brief suggested that blockchain has a multitude of useful applications in the healthcare sector.

A blockchain is a tamper-resistant, secure, and collaborative ledger that maintains transactional records, HC3 explained. A block is a unit of data, or one record, that contains a collection of transactions. When arranged with other blocks in a specific order, a blockchain is formed.

Each block contains data, a hash, and a previous hash. The purpose of the blockchain dictates the type of data. A hash is a digital fingerprint that identifies the block, and...

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