A Proposed Agreement for Blockchain-Enabled Medical Staff Credentialing Process

The medical credentialing process, whether for a hospital, a hospital system or a health plan, has emerged as a potential early target for the application of blockchain technology and administration.1 It is a process that allows a secure database to be established over time and on a cumulative basis.

Medical credentialing involves verifying whether a candidate meets the applicable educational and training prerequisites for the position sought — appointment to a hospital’s medical staff or the ability to participate as a member of a health care delivery network, such as an independent practice association — and subsequent updating and verification throughout a career.

This process takes time and can be frustrating to complete, but it can be made more efficient by using simple storage techniques and avoiding duplication.

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