15 Blockchain Whitepapers Awarded Winners of US Department of Health and Human Services Challenge

Luke Parker | Brave New Coin | August 30, 2016

A challenge held by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  to encourage Blockchain use in the Health Information Technology field resulted in 15 winning whitepapers. The Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) first announced the “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-Related Research” challenge in July.

More than 70 submissions were received by ONC, “addressing ways that Blockchain technology might be used in health and health IT to protect, manage, and exchange electronic health information,” the Department revealed.

With this Challenge, ONC is also looking for proposals of how blockchain technology can advance industry interoperability needs, as expressed in the ONC Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, as well as for Patient Centered Outcomes Research, the Precision Medicine Initiative, and delivery system reform, among other healthcare delivery needs...