One of the many reasons that engineers and industry professionals make it a point to attend the co-located PLASTEC and Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) events across the country is to keep up with emerging technologies and innovations that are popping up today at an unprecedented pace. The trade show and conference coming to the Javits in New York, NY, next month carries on this tradition, and then some. While scanning outlines of the sessions at the three-day conference that begins on June 13, “Blockchain Technology’s Potential to Disrupt Healthcare” caught my attention. Well, that’s different, I thought. Intrigued, I had a conversation with Chandra Narayanaswami, Principal Research Staff Member and Chief Scientist at IBM, who will speak to that topic at PLASTEC East/MD&M East on June 15 at 1:15PM.
For most people, if they have even heard of blockchain, it’s because of its association with bitcoin. “Bitcoin uses some of the blockchain technology,” Narayanaswami told PlasticsToday. “It is one of the primary applications that generated the initial excitement in the blockchain world, but there is a clear distinction when enterprises talk about it.”