Date of Award
Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology
Information and Decision Sciences
First Reader/Committee Chair
The healthcare industry is rapidly adopting cloud-based solutions to improve operational efficiency and patient outcomes. However, healthcare cloud partnerships often face challenges related to the lack of scalability, trust, and Service Level Agreement (SLA) enforcement, and has a notable impact on consumer care quality. To address this issue, the study proposed leveraging blockchain technology to enhance SLA enforcement by using smart contracts in health care cloud partnerships for small and medium-sized facilities. The research questions were: Q.1 What are the current challenges facing small to medium sized healthcare facilities in enforcing SLAs in cloud partnerships? Q.2 How can BC-based smart contracts helps enhance scalability in cloud computing systems in healthcare SMEs by enforcing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in a safe and efficient manner? Q.3 What are the factors that affect the implementation of blockchain-based smart contracts for SLA enforcement in healthcare SMEs cloud partnerships? The project utilized case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of using BC technology based smart contracts to enhance SLA enforcement and improve patient outcomes. The findings and conclusions were as follows: 1. Current challenges facing healthcare SMEs in enforcing SLAs in cloud partnerships: SMEs may lack bargaining power, resources, and technical expertise to effectively negotiate, monitor, and enforce SLAs in cloud partnerships, leading to service disruptions, compliance issues, and financial losses. 2. BC-based smart contracts can enhance the scalability of cloud computing systems in healthcare SMEs by automating SLA execution, ensuring real-time data integrity, transparency, and accountability, reducing fraud, error, and transaction costs, and enabling decentralized trust among stakeholders. 3. Factors affecting the implementation of BC-based smart contracts to better SLA enforcement in healthcare SMEs cloud partnerships: regulatory uncertainty, interoperability, standardization, privacy, security, cost, complexity, governance, and user adoption, and 4. Unique Trends and challenges in the healthcare industry for its data analysis: increasing demand for real-time, patient-centered, personalized, and evidence-based care, generating and integrating large volumes of diverse and complex data from multiple sources, ensuring data quality, privacy, and security, complying with regulations and standards, and fostering collaboration and innovation across stakeholders. MedRec, SimplyVital Health, and Medical Chain demonstrate how BC provides secure data sharing, encryption and access control mechanisms, and promotes interoperability through standard data formats and protocols. Results showed improved scalability, trust, and SLA enforcement with the use of BC technology. Further research in the other domains of this area is recommended. It is required to address broader aspects related to the topic. The areas for further study that emerged from the findings and conclusions of this project include: 1. interoperability,2. trusted monitoring solutions, 3.user experience, 4. privacy and security,5. med tokens, cost and 6. integration with existing BSS and OSS.
Keywords: Cloud computing, Blockchain technology, SLA enforcement, Smart Contracts, Healthcare cloud, Blockchain-based SLA enforcement, Smart Healthcare, e-healthcare, Scalability.
Jahagirdar, Shivani Uday, "LEVERAGING BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY FOR SLA ENFORCEMENT IN HEALTH CARE CLOUD PARTNERSHIPS" (2023). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1713.