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📌 The adoption of blockchain technology in healthcare faces major obstacles in Germany.

Blockchain technology goes beyond cryptocurrencies and is now used in many applications, including decentralized databases that prevent tampering through transparency and security. Blockchain

– Blockchain technology goes beyond cryptocurrencies and is now used in many applications, including decentralized databases that prevent tampering through transparency and security.

Blockchain technology protects data, increases data integrity and allows patients to have more control over their data.

It can also increase supply chain transparency and verify the authenticity of medicines. In addition, blockchain has the potential to improve biomedical research by helping with identification in healthcare and simplifying data storage and sharing.

Blockchain in healthcare: untapped potential in Germany?

Blockchain technology has many benefits, but its application in the German healthcare sector is less developed.

The German Federal Ministry of Health recognized the potential of blockchain and organized a workshop on the topic in 2019.

Out of 142 projects, 20 finalists were selected and awarded for projects such as secure e-prescriptions, decentralized forms of patient consent services and blockchain-based disability leaves.

However, to date, none of these projects have been implemented.

Since then, new initiatives have emerged, but many of them remain isolated and are rarely implemented.

What is preventing Germany from implementing blockchain?

Why, despite such a promising technology, are there so few blockchain projects in the German healthcare market?

Prof. Volker Nürnberg, professor of healthcare management at the Technical University of Munich, told Cointelegraph that Germany’s healthcare sector is highly regulated and not always seen as a driver of innovation, which is a particular problem for startups:

“From a global perspective, the healthcare sector is not always a driver of innovation. It is also very heavily regulated [in Germany]. Startups in particular don’t want to wade through the legal jungle.”

Nuremberg also mentioned the technical, ethical and privacy hurdles that make blockchain adoption difficult. Protecting sensitive data and ensuring interoperability are key elements: “Without politicians and legislators – because of the heavy regulation in the healthcare sector – it is impossible to implement blockchain technology.”

Lucas Widner, an MD and investor in various decentralized autonomous healthcare organizations, told Cointelegraph that “particularly strict data protection regulations to protect sensitive patient data place high demands on the security and privacy of blockchain systems.” He said.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ensures that sensitive patient data is handled in accordance with strict security and privacy requirements.

This is particularly important in the healthcare industry, where misuse or unauthorized disclosure of data can have serious consequences.

GDPR compliance can therefore be seen as a mark of quality and a foundation of trust to ensure that patient and user data is handled securely and confidentially.

However, according to Widener, these data protection and security requirements may pose a challenge for blockchain-based applications. This is because the technology is based on transparency and immutability of data, which may conflict with the right to be forgotten and the principle of data minimization.

According to Widener, these rules could lead to companies from other countries starting to overtake German companies, which would limit the control and influence of the German industry on the global development of these technologies.

On the other hand, GDPR also provides an opportunity to incentivize the development of blockchain applications.

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