From October 3-5, the Blockchain Solutions Forum took place in Barcelona. At this global event, industry leaders spoke about the blockchain revolution and the influence it has on private and public sectors, among others representatives from MIT, The World Bank and the Financial Times. With the focus on practical solutions and case studies, at the Forum the most successful customer implementations of blockchain services were discussed. Onno Schellekens, Managing Director of PharmAccess Group, was there to talk about how PharmAccess connects more people to better healthcare by leveraging mobile technology via the M-TIBA platform. ‘’I think the transformative element of blockchain and technology digitalization has huge potential for the poor because the best provider of equity is the efficiency of digitalization.’’
According to Schellekens, blockchain has a real value, especially for poor countries. The problem with poor countries is that everything is postpaid. The poorer people are the more they have to pay themselves out-of-pocket; they are on their own. How can we implement structures that allows them to share risks, allowing them to pre-pay, for instance for their healthcare? Onno says: ‘’this is where digitalization has massive potential especially for the poor parts of the population.’’
Other members on the panel were Katherine Kuzmeskas, CEO of SimplyVital Health: a blockchain startup reinventing the healthcare data system by tackling inefficiencies around value-based care, Dr. Mathew Rose from SAAVHA database security, a blockchain solution to verify the integrity of healthcare scheduling. Also, Nicholas Potts from Scriptdrop: a prescription delivery and medication reminder service and David Randall from Solve. Care, a platform designed to coordinate care and make it more effective through blockchain technology. Anca Petrel, a digital health market analyst and blockchain in healthcare specialist moderated the session.
Watch the full panel session here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0AU759BP41iSEJjMVZzbHJ0WmM/view?usp=sharing