Aetna, Anthem, Health Care Service Corporation, PNC Bank and IBM announce collaboration to establish blockchain-based ecosystem for the healthcare industry
This press release cites a lot of use cases and just about every stakeholder in healthcare. So I have a lot of questions on what this is actually about.CoinDesk
got a quote from IBM and is running with the following lede: IBM is collaborating with a group of major players in the healthcare space to improve the way sensitive data is shared and make health claims and transactions more efficient – all in the form of a “blockchain-based ecosystem.”
The members are interesting. Aetna was a founding member of the Synaptic Health Alliance
. As far as I'm aware it's the first time HCSC or PNC are doing anything with blockchain in the healthcare space as well. A collaboration to keep our eyes on.Blockchain for Distributed Research | Frontiers Research Topic
The special topic issue in Frontiers in Blockchain has just gone live with a call for abstracts/manuscripts. "Blockchain for Distributed Research" submissions are due 24 Mar
for abstracts and 22 Jul
for manuscripts. Topics can be empirical or theoretical, and focus on the value and challenges applying this technology to any field of science.
I'd encourage you to apply and contact Sean Manion
with any inquiries.
A Minimum Viability Framework for Blockchain Alliances
Mark Jacobs, Senior Distinguished Engineer and VP of Blockchain Engineering at Optum, shares his framework for evaluating what is necessary for a complete blockchain MVP. Mark is one of the founding members of one of the industry's most successful use cases, the Synaptic Health Alliance, so his thoughts come from hands on experience.
The health care innovation bubble - ScienceDirect
Sachin H. Jain, CEO of CareMore Health System, offers his thoughts on the "innovation bubble" we have found ourselves in.
Sachin points out there is a “change layer” – the cloud in which visionary ideas about transforming health care resides. As well as a “reality layer” – the place where most care is delivered. And there is little mixing between the two.
I won't speak further for Sachin, but this should be a call to action for us all to focus on bringing more of the change layer to the reality layer.
Announcing Hyperledger Grid, a new project to help build and deliver supply chain solutions! – Hyperledger
Grid is a "framework," or an interoperable ecosystem of technologies for supply chain use cases. It is intended to be modular and flexible for individual use cases, and provide reference implementations for a variety of business solutions. Hyperledger doesn't create projects lightly, and this demonstrates a certain level of commitment to the supply chain use case.