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On May 3rd, about 150 healthcare practitioners, life sciences professionals, tech innovators and educators gathered at MATTER, to participate in the Blockchain in Healthcare Summit hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, SAP, and Advanced Clinical. This was another outstanding event led by our UIC SAP Next-Gen Digital Health Chapter and its unique collaboration between UI Health and UIC Business. This event was perfectly aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Blockchain is a foundational technology that has been widely adopted in the crypto-currency markets. Blockchain’s fundamental capabilities lend themselves to adoption in other markets as well, including the healthcare and life science industries. The summit brought together medical, industry and academic professionals to explore the most promising applications of blockchain in the life sciences. The purpose of this event was to discuss the opportunities represented by blockchain technology with the intention of fostering future collaboration among established and emerging players in the healthcare arena.

Sessions illustrated the ways in which UIC, SAP and MATTER's Chicago based startups are currently leveraging blockchain technology to solve key challenges, and explored opportunities for applying blockchain to key strategic areas in healthcare as a whole.

Topics included:

  • Potential impacts of blockchain on clinical outcomes through improved lung cancer screenings, tracking and treating traumatic brain injuries and pathology specimen tracking

  • How blockchain can help us map the patient journey and better understand social determinants of health

  • Current local and statewide initiatives in blockchain, including those focused on education and public health


Matter story is posted here: The future of Blockchain in Healthcare

MATTER is a community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change. It is made up of boots-on-the-ground entrepreneurs pushing against the status quo and established institutions dedicated to improving patients’ lives. Matter’s mission is to accelerate the development of technologies that solve the right healthcare problems in the right ways.

SAP Next-Gen is an innovation community for SAP Leonardo which drives innovation with purpose supporting SAP’s commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development. SAP Next-Gen enables corporations, governments, and NGOs to connect with academic thought leaders and researchers, students, startups, tech community partners, venture firms, purpose driven partners, and SAP experts. Corporations and partners can reimagine the future of industries with SAP Leonardo, seed in disruptive innovation with academia and startups, and build skills for digital futures.