IBM set to Trial Blockchain with CDC to Manage Medical Data

CDC to Trial Blockchain With IBM in Bid to Manage Medical Data

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come to an agreement with IBM Watson Health to test the use of Blockchain for storing and exchanging medical data.

As indicated by a report by the Fast Company, Shahram Ebadollahi, IBM’s Chief Science Officer uncovered the agreement at an event hosted on Monday.

Ebadollahi stated that the venture is an improvisation of the tech giant’s current research initiative with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Declared earlier this year, that initiative with the FDA is aimed at trying out a Blockchain-based platform through which electronic medical records, clinical trials, and health data accumulated from wearable gadgets could be better shared.

“This is, in essence, an extension of the work we’ve been doing this year with the FDA…exploring owner-mediated data exchange using blockchain,” Ebadollahi highlighted at the event.

Without a doubt, the CDC is no stranger to the technology. Last month, as reported by CoinDesk, the CDC – which works within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and is primarily responsible for avoiding and reacting to disease outbreaks – is looking at the tech as an approach to capture pivotal data during emergency situations more effectively.

HHS, as well, is one of many U.S. government divisions that is investigating the use of Blockchain, especially in the field of medical administration.

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