Congressional Valley Fever Task Force to Pilot Blockchain for Fungal Disease Medical Data Sharing Project
A Blockchain Solution for Fungal Disease?
Fungal disease is a significant issue for many and to combat against the disease, several U.S. lawmakers have proposed legislation to promote a blockchain pilot. The legislation, introduced by several members of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, is a bipartisan bill. The bill specifically addresses research and treatments for coccidioidomycosis, also known as valley fever, and several other fungal diseases.
The legislation is being proposed as a part of the Forward Act. If adopted, it would allow for a blockchain pilot that may medical professionals’ ability to share information. With more information sharing and moving, doctors may be better equipped to address life-or-death situations. David Schweikert, a member of the task force, stated:
“Our design for collecting critical data, while protecting patient privacy through the use of blockchain, should become the future of medical research.”
Valley fever primarily affects those living in Arizona and California. There are approximately 10,000 cases reported on a yearly basis. Hopefully the initiatives presented by the committee and the adoption of blockchain technology may provide some resolution.