Chain 76 — Use Cases

a review of blockchain technology implementations and deployments in the pharma and healthcare sectors
Helping the community explore what has been done and learn about areas where others are focusing. This list is not comprehensive and does not contain sponsored content. It has been curated by the community based on publicly available information or shared directly by individual project sponsors.

Decentralized pharmaceutical products development and commercialization platform

Partnership of IBM and Sichuan Hejia Co., Ltd. (Hejia) is helping facilitate faster credit rating analysis and thus, quicker supply chain finance by banks for pharma retailers, based on information exchange on blockchain.

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Provider licensure and credentialing

In a pilot program, State of Illinois and Hashed Health collaborated to search for opportunities to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the medical credentialing process. The collaboration will leverage a registry based on blockchain to rationalize the sharing of medical credential data and smart contracts to automate process related to multistate and interstate licensure.

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DokChain - distributed network of transaction processors operating on financial and clinical data

Partnering with Intel, PokitDok are calling their solution Dokchain. This blockchain-based platform helps in maintaining transparency. This would mean when a physician writes a prescription, it would be logged on the blockchain with the pricing clearly stated for the patient. The electronic capture of the prescription also helps in inventory and order management of medical supplies and drugs.

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DokChain - distributed network of transaction processors operating on financial and clinical data

Partnering with Intel, PokitDok are calling their solution Dokchain. This blockchain-based platform helps in maintaining transparency. This would mean when a physician writes a prescription, it would be logged on the blockchain with the pricing clearly stated for the patient. The electronic capture of the prescription also helps in inventory and order management of medical supplies and drugs.

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Blockchain-enabled proof of concept to comply with regulations and fight counterfeit drugs

The partnership is helping Merck Sharp & Dohme to access the SAP Pharma Blockchain POC app, which uses SAP Advanced Track and Trace for Pharmaceuticals, and runs on a mobile Android or iOS device. It uses barcode scanning to provide real-time visibility for the location of drugs wherever they might be including the manufacturer, brand owner, wholesaler and delivery. Using the blockchain technology, one can identify and track drugs by their serial number, batch and expiration date.

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Blockchain Technology for drug resistance monitoring and clinical decision support for physicians

DAKOTA Life Sciences is testing a blockchain-based platform for drug resistance monitoring. The platform integrates data secured from proprietary genomics-based global antibiotic efficacy surveillance networks to check for any fraudulent usage of antibiotics. This tool is expected to help in predicting the drug resistance patterns at global/regional/local levels to support physicians in clinical decision making.

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Decentralized pharmaceutical products development and commercialization platform

By using Crowd Machine, Caywon Pharmaceuticals Group is working on adopting a blockchain-based platform to provide its scientists with the necessary IT tools to translate their requirements into a digital workflow. The company will be able to decentralize the pharmaceuticals development process. This will enable Caywon to bring remote teams together and standardize processes, systems and information sharing in a secure way.

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Protection and secure efficient transfer of IP in research

GSK and Viant are looking to increase the growth of blockchain supply chain platform in the pharmaceutical industry by using the distributed ledger technology to track intellectual property licenses and ensure that the drugs are produced, transported, and stored in proper conditions.

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Efficient and secure acquisition of human health and genomic data

The company uses blockchain-based platform to build a marketplace for genomic and clinical data. It sequences participants’ genomes and then give users the agency to sell their personal data to researchers and pharmaceutical companies through a cryptocurrency. It also stores the participant’s genetic information in a blockchain based network.

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Contributors

The Chain 76 — Use Cases website welcomes contributions from the community. And we are especially grateful for contributions from EY and ISPE GAMP Blockchain SIG. This website is edited by William Entriken.

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