Blockchain: A Panacea for Healthcare Cloud-Based Data Security and Privacy

Authors: Dr. Henry Chang et al.

IEEE Cloud Computing, vol. 5, Issue 01, pp. 31-37, Jan/Feb 2018

One particular trend observed in healthcare is the progressive shift of data and services to the cloud, partly due to convenience (e.g. availability of complete patient medical history in real-time) and savings (e.g. economics of healthcare data management). There are, however, limitations to using conventional cryptographic primitives and access control models to address security and privacy concerns in an increasingly cloud-based environment. In this paper, we study the potential to use the Blockchain technology to protect healthcare data hosted within the cloud. We also describe the practical challenges of such a proposition and further research that is required.

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