Blockchain tech specialist Gem officially launched Gem Health today, an initiative aimed at promoting collaboration in the healthcare space centered on the emerging technology.
In interview, Gem CEO Micah Winkelspecht described the effort as a way to encourage the healthcare industry to explore the potential benefits blockchain could have in the creation of wellness apps, global patient ID software and secure electronic medical records.
Winkelspecht told CoinDesk:
As part of this push, Winkelspecht said Gem is investing in communications channels and physical events aimed at the industry.
As for Gem’s role in the management of its new private blockchain system, Winkelspecht said that the startup’s intent is not to "own the network", but rather position itself as a consultant and match-maker for firms in the sector working on blockchain projects.
Winkelspecht framed the move as part of Gem’s larger move toward offering enterprise services following its pivot from its original positioning as an API provider for bitcoin startups. Further, he spoke in broad terms about the benefits blockchain could have for healthcare, stressing the benefits technological improvements in the sector may have on society.
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