U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Kick Off Blockchain in Heathcare Code-A-Thon

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The Chamber of Digital Commerce is co-hosting the “Blockchain in Heathcare Code-A-Thon” in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

This marks the first-ever blockchain Code-A-Thon hosted by a U.S. government entity. The event will take place March 14-15th and winners will be announced will be announced at the DC Blockchain Summit.

Contestants will use open source distributed ledger technology to address the key issues facing modern healthcare:

  • Identity Management and APIs: Support the identity management requirements for APIs for both provider-to-provider and patient-mediated exchange.
  • Metadata Tagging and Policy Expression: Security metadata and tagging to manage access, provide auditing and provenance information.
  • Data Aggregation and Linkage: Securely aggregate, link and share patient data to the destination of their choice.

Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber noted:

“The participation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services speaks volumes about the serious, long-term potential application of blockchain to the healthcare sector. This competition will highlight the wide-reaching benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger solutions, while creating new opportunities for innovation in the healthcare industry.”

About Richard Kastelein

Richard Kastelein is the Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of industry leading online publication, Blockchain News, co-founder and director at education company Blockchain Partners and partner of token design and ICO architecture company Cryptoassets Design Group.

As a prominent keynote presenter, Kastelein has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Munich, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona. San Meteo etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

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