Blockchain and the Future of Healthcare

Separating the Hype and Exploring the Real-World Challenges and Opportunities to Leverage Blockchain for Future Healthcare Needs


2020 Date: TBD


8:00am - 12:00pm

Includes tuition, course materials, parking and breakfast.


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About the Program

Blockchain - a technology that utilizes distributed ledgers and has been popularized by the cryptocurrency bitcoin - is a potentially disruptive and transformative form of innovation being explored across several industries.  However, blockchain is also in the middle of a “hype cycle”, with the healthcare industry now entering the phase of “peak of inflated expectations”.  Navigating the hype around blockchain is challenging, but it gets harder when taking into account the complexity and highly regulated nature of the healthcare industry.

In response to the challenge, this workshop will examine how blockchain technology needs to be “fit-for-purpose” in order to encourage adoption in the healthcare and ensuring solutions are responsive to the industry’s unique and diverse use cases.  This includes assessing how a blockchain’s technology design elements need to be customized to different healthcare challenges (e.g. clinical trial management, genomics, health supply chain, biomedical research, medical records, digital identity, fraud and abuse, etc.)  The workshop will also address other specific challenges such as data management, privacy considerations, and policy and standards setting.  These will be illustrated through presentation of research, case studies, debate, and guest speakers from the industry.


This unique workshop provides a glimpse into what is possible with blockchain for healthcare.  However, unlike trade conferences, the workshop will give attendees an honest and objective look at both the opportunities and limitations of blockchain in the health sector.  With this knowledge, business managers, C-level executives, and other interested stakeholders will be armed with some necessary tools to assess the viability of a health blockchain solution and its feasibility for further exploration.


  • Healthcare administrators, executives, and providers;
  • Solution providers to healthcare, such as medical devices, IT, consumer electronics;
  • Technology professionals, engineers, marketers, strategists, researchers;
  • Startups, entrepreneurs, consultants, and investors;
  • Patients, consumers or whoever cares about the future of health.

How is this course different?

Deeply rooted in San Diego’s interdisciplinary community of medicine and technology, this program draws on a world class university and its research expertise in medicine, technology, bioengineering and management, while also bridging the intersection between academia and industry.  Importantly, this workshop also examines blockchain technology from the lens of public and patient-centered benefit with the hopes of encouraging solutions that can have a real-world impact.


Dr. Tim K. Mackey is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego - Extension, and the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute. He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations, a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego - San Diego State University. 

Prof. Mackey's work has been featured in high-impact journals such as ScienceJAMANature Biotechnologythe LancetNature Reviews Clinical OncologyClinical Microbiology Reviews, and BMC Medicine. His research and expertise has also been featured in major news outlets such as CNN, NPR, and POLITICO Pro. 

His work focuses on an array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health. He also has extensive professional experience including over 10 years experience in the private sector and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, the US Department of State and others.

He is also the co-Chair of the IEEE Standards Association Supply Chain/Clinical Trials Technology Implementation Industry Connections Program, which focuses on stakeholder collaboration around blockchain technology for the pharmaceutical supply chain and is also a Lab Principal Faculty with the BlockLab at the San Diego Supercomputer Center


Dr. Kevin Zhu received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is Professor of Innovation, Technology and Operations (ITO). His work focuses on technology-enabled innovation, next generation of information technologies (e.g., block chain, AI, big data) and their adoption in global environments, economic impacts of information technology, integration of online and offline channels, competition and innovation in technology-intensive industries (software, media, telecomm) as well as digital transformation of traditional industries (healthcare in particular). He was recently recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the Information Systems Society.

Dr. Zhu's research has been published in the top academic journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, IEEE, MIS Quarterly, and Marketing Science. He has held editorial positions at the top academic journals and co-chaired major conferences. He has been invited to give research seminars by more than 50 top institutions around the world. He also received five Best Paper Awards in the field. His work has been cited more than 9000 times by other scholars (Google Scholar) with high impact (h-index 26). He was awarded the prestigious CAREER Award by the US National Science Foundation for his research on digital transformation of enterprises. He was the recipient of an MBA Teaching Award at the University of California and the Academic Achievement Award at Stanford University. See more details at


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.