Healthcare Blockchain Infrastructure: A Comparative Approach

6 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2018 Last revised: 22 Aug 2018

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Ana Santos Rutschman

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: July 2, 2018


Blockchain has been hailed as the most disruptive technology of the next decade. One of the areas of immediate application is healthcare, where different types of blockchain applications could help streamline data sharing, protect patient privacy, and assist in the monitoring of drug shipments. This Article explores the first steps taken by healthcare companies in the United States to incorporate blockchain solutions into their business models. It then contrasts them to ongoing experiments in the European Union, with a focus on Sweden’s adoption of CareChain (a national, interoperable blockchain health data platform) and Estonia’s digitization of 95% of the country’s health data.

Keywords: Blockchain, Health, Data, Healthcare, Insurance Companies, Sweden, Estonia, Infrastructure

Suggested Citation

Santos Rutschman, Ana, Healthcare Blockchain Infrastructure: A Comparative Approach (July 2, 2018). Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-4, Available at SSRN:

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Saint Louis University - School of Law ( email )

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