If you haven’t spent some time learning about Blockchain, you really need to. Quickly! Blockchain is not to be confused with Bitcoin, rather Blockchain is the system that allows Bitcoin to be used as a secure monetary tool without banks. While I am not an expert, I have immersed myself for several hours in videos and reading to understand Blockchain and its benefits. It is important for me to understand so I can use Blockchain as an innovative solution to the appropriate problem.
The blockchain is an open system, a documentation tool, that permanently records transactions between two parties. It is managed through peer-to-peer networks and has a specific protocol which is used to be sure that new “blocks” are legitimate. This is a very secure way to document data and cannot be altered without proof that changes were made. This makes Blockchain perfect for electronic health records and transactional documentation that must be flawless and unchanged.
We need to be educating nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers about Blockchain to ensure that they understand this powerful tool and can creatively use it to solve some of our complex healthcare challenges. Why are we talking about this? Let’s get the word out there.
A top LinkedIn nurse influencer, influential thought leader and international speaker on the future of nursing and emerging innovations impacting nursing practice and patient care. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and ASU/AONE Executive Fellow in Innovative Health Leadership alumna.
The first Vice President of Innovation at the American Nurses Association, created the innovation framework, including the ANA Innovation Awards, Innovation Lab, NursePitch, Podcast, NurseJam and strategic partnerships. Former chief nurse executive with 20 years of deep expertise in shared governance, building cultures of innovation and improving the patient experience.
Current chief clinical officer, incorporating gratitude and compassion in the form of patient/family recognition to improve the clinical work environment and increase employee engagement.
Passionate about nurse-led innovation, importing the voice of the nurse into design and development, developing innovation competencies and leveraging organizational teams to build cultures of innovation.
Author of The Nurse Manager’s Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce, co-author of the Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders; Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: The Nurse Leader's Primer and the Amazon International Best Seller, The Nurse's Guide to Innovation.