The collaborative exchange of healthcare and blockchain has the potential to remodel the entire healthcare system by enabling faster and accurate access to medical data. An agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Cancer Institute, has approved a project to create a blockchain-based system to share clinical data.
The National Cancer Institute approved the project through a blog post, stating that the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will use IBM Hyperledger blockchain to share clinical data between health care providers, patients and the research community.
The blog post suggested that the agency aims at developing privacy-preserving techniques for safeguarding the identity of patients, when acquiring the image data, in cost effective ways.
The blog post read,
“Failure in timely access to health information could impede effective treatment decision-making, which will adversely affect patient health, and also incur unnecessary costs such as duplicated tests. Regulations on protecting patient privacy add a layer of complexity in data transfer.”
The introduction of blockchain-based technology will improve security and protection of privacy, while maintaining flexibility and enforcing data sovereignty.
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