Although mainly known for its applications in cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, blockchain has vast usage in the medical field, ranging from cybersecurity to artificial intelligence. Blockchain is a decentralized system that stores data in a ledger, making it more secure and robust than traditional data structures. The data is managed by a cluster of computers, rather than a single entity, which makes tampering nearly impossible.

In order to gain a better understanding of the healthcare industry’s knowledge and perception of blockchain, we surveyed our imagePRO™ panel, consisting of imaging and radiology administrative directors. From the study, we found that:

  1. Most respondents are not at all familiar (71%) with blockchain as it pertains to medical imaging.
  2. Respondents believe their respective institutions are more likely to adopt blockchain technology if it can provide easier image access and sharing (32%) and enhanced cybersecurity (26%).
  3. Most respondents are pessimistic (86%) about the likelihood of adopting blockchain for medical imaging applications in the next 5 years.

With transparent, secure, and trackable data, blockchain offers solutions to interoperability problems, such as identifying patients and information flow. Additionally, it can support AI and machine learning applications by allowing them to draw from a larger pool of images, in turn, improving overall information quality.

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