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nursing homes and patients. A healthcare
Private equity is buying into the healthcare
"blockchain" is a public wheel like a network industry and payers and providers are consolof computers connected by bridges, spokes, idating. This is not good for competition and
using a clearing house, the hub, that validates transparency. "Those who receive healthcare
sources and relays many transactions, auto- are rarely those who pay for it, which helps
matically. The data network has no single providers to be opaque about charges." (14)
point of failure. The math attempts to keep
everyone honest and the data live. The data
The elephant in the room is the more
cannot be altered without the cooperation, than $900 billion per year of healthcare
or hack, of the hub. (12)
"inefficiencies." Physicians hold the pen
that spends healthcare dollars. We can
A large Nashville-based health network do better. "...I swear by all the gods and
is using secure real time medical history goddesses, making them my witnesses, that
for individual patients and processing in- I will carry out, according to my ability and
surance claims. The system is reproducible judgment, this oath and this indenture...I
and eliminates verifying data from user to will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing
user. One report estimated that $1.5 billion and harm..." 275 A.D. (15)
healthcare cost a year could be saved using
this technology. (13)

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