Dentistry and the blockchain – Flame Health Dental Division Blog

Dentistry and the blockchain - Flame Health Dental Division Blog

Dentistry and the blockchain. Dr Jeffrey Sherer discusses the ins and outs of blockchain and how it fits in with today’s dentistry.

What is the blockchain?

When you mention blockchain to many dentists, they think it is some orthodontic device for correcting malocclusion.

In fact, the blockchain is an exciting digital technology that was first outlined in 1991 by Stuart Haber and Scott Stornetta. Respectively a mathematician and physicist who wanted to implement a system where document timestamps could not be tampered with.

The blockchain put simply is a distributed digital ledger that stores data of any kind. The name comes from its structure, in which individual records. Known as blocks, which are linked ‘chained’ together.

What this means is that the latest block added to the chain references the information contained within the preceding block. Which itself references the information in the block before it, and so on. This evidence of the sequence in which information is added to the chain makes the record permanent and unchangeable. This has profound implications for reliability and validity.

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