Identifying the barriers to acceptance of blockchain-based patient-centric data management systems in healthcare

Ibrahim Mutambik*, John Lee, Abdullah Almuqrin, Zahyah H. Alharbi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

A number of recent studies have shown that wastage and inefficiency are a significant problem in all global healthcare systems. One initiative that could radically improve the operational efficiency of health systems is to make a paradigm shift in data ownership—that is, to transition such systems to a patient-centric model of data management by deploying blockchain technology. Such a development would not only make an economic impact, by radically cutting wastage, but would deliver significant social benefits by improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. However, a blockchain-based solution presents considerable challenges. This research seeks to understand the principal factors, which act as barriers to the acceptance of a blockchain-based patient-centric data management infrastructure, in the healthcare systems of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. The study represents an addition to the current literature by examining the perspectives and views of healthcare professionals and users. This approach is rare within this subject area, and is identified in existing systematic reviews as a research gap: a qualitative investigation of motivations and attitudes among these groups is a critical need. The results of the study identified 12 key barriers to the acceptance of blockchain infrastructures, thereby adding to our understanding of the challenges that need to be overcome in order to benefit from this relatively recent technology. The research is expected to be of use to healthcare authorities in planning a way forward for system improvement, particularly in terms of successfully introducing patient-centric systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number345
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages25
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • blockchain
  • blockchain barriers
  • blockchain in healthcare
  • future of healthcare blockchain
  • GCC countries


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