Thought up as the underlying architecture for the Bitcoin cryptocurrency in 2008, blockchain technology is currently a hot topic and the subject of numerous studies in sectors outside the payments industry to which it has often been confined in the past.
Blockchain is considered by some to represent the next technological revolution after the Internet. In fact, the idea of a decentralised, secure and transparent ledger distributed among users can be relevant to many different fields. The insurance industry, with its highly complex processes, could be a major beneficiary of the technology.
By removing intermediaries in a new type of arrangement, blockchain technology could completely upend the insurance value chain: