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IBM, FDA to Help Advance Blockchain for Health Records Management

Magazine article Information Management

IBM, FDA to Help Advance Blockchain for Health Records Management

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As reported on GCN.com,

IBM Watson Health has announced a joint research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to leverage blockchain technology for the safer, more efficient exchange of healthcare data.

A shared ledger technology that underpins the Bitcoin online currency, blockchain is becoming a building block for how some industries will reshape the way they share, store, and secure information.

The IBM/FDA partnership will soon explore the use of blockchain for exchanging data from e-medical records, clinical trials, genomics, mobile devices, wearables, and Internet of Things devices.

According to an FDA official, blockchain has the potential to support the safe exchange of great volumes of data while ensuring privacy and integrity. Angela Stark, an FDA press officer, said, "These are critical features of a scalable data exchange ecosystem that can support high-quality research while safeguarding against breaches of sensitive patient-level data. …

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