One of the biggest looming threats to science is something you perhaps didn’t expect. With more online collaborations occurring in the scientific community, all of the cyber threats we all face are facing them as well. This could mean hackers infiltrating networks and stealing critical scientific data.
If you never considered these implications, you see why blockchain technology is becoming highly sought after. With blockchain allowing reliable cyber identities, collaborations in the medical, pharmaceutical, and other health fields brings a stronger level of trust.
Studies On Trusting Identity
Recently, Bitcoin Magazine did a piece about the above issue and current studies being done by a Canadian blockchain company called Peer Ledger. In cooperation with the SAFE-BioPharma Association and Synchronoss, Peer Ledger’s API’s created a blockchain network for scientific transactions, collaborations, or audits.
It’s studies like these that can quickly snowball blockchain into some exciting territory. When you establish trust in any kind of online healthcare communication, it removes all reluctance about data being compromised.
This is going to become all the more important in the future when digital healthcare communication becomes all the more necessary.
Blockchain Used in Clinical Trials
Since science and healthcare depends on clinical trials to create medical advancements, having blockchain available during collaborations is an essential element. You’re already seeing talk of the technology allowing researchers to tap into patient data records without fear of hacks.
Because this technology also provides a digital ledger, it allows each side to confirm identities to assure no fraud.
Collecting Healthcare Data
IBM Watson Health recently announced they’re working with the FDA to use blockchain to help create a more secure process for healthcare data exchange. Doing so allows healthcare organizations to gain a 360-degree access to patient records to aid in more accurate research. So far, they’re starting with oncology research as a way to eliminate private data being compromised.
You can only imagine what this could lead to, including inroads to curing cancer.
More online communication between doctors and patients is going to require reliable identities. To pass on reliable test results, blockchain assures who’s who without raising doubts. Best of all, blockchain removes intermediaries that could slow down the process, as well as making online transfers or communication more expensive.