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So why is healthcare especially ripe for disruption by blockchain? It’s all about the data.

Electronic health records (EHRs) have been serving as the underlying medical data system-of-record since 1999. Proprietary EHR systems powered by companies like Epic, Cerner, athenahealth and others now store voluminous amounts of patients’ critical health data. But they have not coalesced to become a national health information backbone, instead, “we’ve got a bunch of closed, kind of information-hoarding soviets that are not good,” as athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush puts it. "So that needs to be blown up in a new model."

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