Often described as a tool to build trust among stakeholders with divergent interests, blockchain technology has been of interest to many sectors since it was first used in 2008. Initially designed to record financial transactions between individuals, its applications have largely evolved with technological advances and the growing interest of international companies. In the healthcare sector, blockchain is interesting for many of its features: its immutability which makes it an excellent support for authenticating sensitive data such as clinical trials consents, the possibility of publishing smart contracts that automate and facilitate many processes or the constitution of a network that agrees on the state of the information. Much acclaimed, blockchain technology is still to be tested in real-life conditions and adapted to a particularly complex regulatory and economic context in the healthcare sector.
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