If you want to see how the blockchain will improve health and safety, look at your smartphone. Touch and listen to your phone, too, because it will send and receive information in a way ordinary telecom companies cannot match.
The blockchain will revolutionize both telecom and healthcare. It will be a platform, on the one hand, that will make it easier and cheaper to text, call, email, and access the web. It will also extend farther than other networks, furthering the advancement of all communities.
Hearing You Now
It will do so, in part, by its very existence. It represents choice and the freedom of people to choose the telecom provider that best meets their needs.
Free of regional monopolies, which are commonplace in towns and cities throughout the world, the blockchain offers coverage without inflated costs. It makes a smartphone more than a status symbol with a black screen and a dead battery. It turns a tablet into a mobile device, rather than a slab of plastic, metal, and glass. It gives those who most want to turn on and tune in reason to bring these tools to life.
Just as competition lowered fees for long-distance calling, and just as smartphones became handheld computers in their own right, the blockchain will allow a new generation of consumers to be heard without them having to say: “Can you hear me now?”
Heeding the Call of Safety
To hear that call is to heed it. Or: The more connected communities are, the more aware and able their respective citizens will be. The more knowledge they have, the more independent they will be. And yes, the more quickly they can learn how to perform life-saving procedures, the more lives they will save.
According to Mackenzie Thompson of National Health Care Provider Solutions (NHCPS): “If the blockchain can accelerate the effort to save lives, it is a platform worthy of adoption or serious consideration. Any technology that is convenient to deploy and cost-effective to use is relevant to educating people and enhancing the quality of healthcare in general.”
I agree with that statement, not because of the hype about blockchain, but because of the reality of blockchain-based products and services.
I agree, too, that disruption is a good thing for any industry that has too many inefficiencies and too few economical solutions.
By that standard, then, the healthcare industry is no less in need of change than the changes we need to make in a multitude of industries. If the blockchain is the fastest or most flexible agent of change, we would be wrong to deny its promise or dismiss its potential.
We must at least promise ourselves to review what the blockchain can do for the good of so many who have so few of the most basic necessities.
We owe it to ourselves to accept this mission and fulfill this responsibility.
We must exact the change we want, so we can save lives and teach others to do likewise.