National Cancer Institute To Use Blockchain For Medical Image Transfers And Clinical Data Sharing

The US National Cancer Institute which falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved a blockchain focused database for sharing important patient and healthcare data. The blockchain based database would help the healthcare sector to share clinical data with healthcare providers, patients, and research community.

The news came to light through a blog post published by the US National Cancer Institute which stated that the new project would see Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute using IBM Hyperledger technology to share clinical data with various departments related to the institute. The post also noted that the aim behind the project would be to develop a privacy-centered system to preserve the patient's identity.

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 stakeholders beh9ind the project believe that the initiative would lead to better data sharing while maintaining the privacy of the patient which in turn would make the whole system more efficient.

How Blockchain is Revolutionizing Healthcare Data Sharing?

Blockchain technology and distributed ledger can be implemented in the healthcare sector to eradicate complex data sharing process which makes the present day systems inefficient and slow. Present day methods of maintaining patient data and sharing it among different departments are quite complex and time-consuming. A single hospital can have multiple databases with no accessibility to one another.

By using the blockchain technology, these data can be put on an open ledger with cryptic signature, and the users with the key to the data can get access to it without any issue, but someone without the key would never be able to access the same data. thus, making the use of distributed and open ledger extremely simple, safe and efficient.

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