No one seems to dispute the market potential of blockchain, and, according to recent reports, IBM Corp. has tripled the number of its U.S. patents for the technology to exceed 100 in the past year. Several months ago, experts told AIS Health that blockchain was not so much “emerging” as gaining momentum, with the health care industry acting as a fast follower rather than an early adopter on using blockchain for such purposes as provider directories and credentialing. And efforts had gotten underway via three major health-care blockchain collaborations announced since November, one being led by IBM.
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