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Trust-building in digital health: An exploration of the business case for Block Chain technologies

David Lopez; Alan W Brown; David Plans; Phil Godsiff

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  <dc:creator>David Lopez</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Alan W Brown</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>David Plans</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Phil Godsiff</dc:creator>
  <dc:description>This paper aims to shed light on the phenomenon of citizen adoption of digital health mechanisms. The study draws upon theories from information systems and economics to propose and operationalize a model explaining users’ uncertainty to adopt digital health and contribute with their own personal data.

We further conduct a design-based examination of block chains and their potential to enable trustworthy transactions of personal health data.The results of our research support block chains as important technological artefacts in data-intensive digital health contexts: block chains nurture citizens’ trust by providing five technology affordances: Decentralized management of information, End-to-End communication, Controlled Transparency, Irreversibility and Self-executing contracts.</dc:description>
  <dc:description>Authors acknowledge financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (grant: EP/P03196X/1)</dc:description>
  <dc:subject>digital health</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>information privacy</dc:subject>
  <dc:subject>design science</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>Trust-building in digital health: An exploration of the business case for Block Chain technologies</dc:title>
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