This IDC Perspective explores the potential for blockchain in health IT interoperability as an emerging use case for the healthcare provider vertical. Blockchain interoperability needs time and momentum to mature toward a wider scale of adoption and to truly impact healthcare. However, the future is now and the market clearly reflects much buzz around the technology and its potential for hard-coding change. Blockchain interoperability could pave the way toward forming a next-generation vehicle for data exchange that contributes to digital transformation in provider organizations through its network effect.
"While interoperability and HIE frameworks evolve to address a range of challenges in health IT, blockchain could deliver an alternative for where these technologies may fall short," says Mutaz Shegewi, research director, Provider IT Transformation Strategies. "The ability to feasibly exchange data across and beyond the enterprise level with far greater degrees of decentralization, distribution, and immutability makes blockchain a noteworthy proposition for exploring new ways of shaping the future of health IT interoperability."