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The NIH approved a project that is using a blockchain for medical data transfer
What this means is that researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will get access to data and images from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) for their blockchain endeavors. This isn't earth shattering news, but it's another positive signal that blockchain tech is getting socialized around federal agencies, and they are becoming increasingly comfortable with it.

EY, Sensyne Health, and Guardtime partner to use blockchain for outcomes based reimbursement
These partners plan to create an end to end solution for outcomes based contracting. EY brings contracting expertise, Sensyne Health brings AI expertise, and Guardtime brings blockchain expertise. It is interesting to note that this will be built on the KSI blockchain as opposed to Ethereum despite EY’s strong endorsement of Ethereum recently and significant tech investment into the Ethereum stack. 
 
Nonetheless it will be interesting to see how they are using a blockchain in this platform. The use case others have settled on (including myself) has been programming the application of business rules to a database in order to reduce the administrative overhead associated with adjudicating an outcome based contract manually. However, my feeling is that using an AI to measure outcomes is diametrically opposed to that particular use case. Instead of each party running code in parallel and reaching the same answer, the party with the AI produces an outcome and says “trust me” to its counterparties. But as per usual, the exact details are not clear, and perhaps that's not the function AI performs in their platform.
 
Aid.Tech and the PharmAccess foundation has been working with vulnerable and under privileged pregnant women in Tanzania and using a blockchain to collect data on each woman and storing it on a ledger along with a digital identity. That way others can use that data to ensure they were able to access pre- and post- natal services, the identity ensures that the right person receives the aid they need, and as a result of these benefits babies never miss crucial medical attention. The first baby born enabled by a blockchain was born on July 13th of last year! 
 
Would love to get in touch with this team to learn more if anyone knows them and can connect me. 

Q² Solutions, HSBlox and R3 built a blockchain PoC for the tracking of human biological specimens
Q² Solutions, a joint venture of IQVIA and Quest Diagnostics, conducted a PoC with HSBlox where they tracked biospecimen samples using a blockchain. This is a use case a few parties in pharma have converged on, and it makes sense as clinical supply chains have many of the same problems as commercial supply chains, but are easier to implement a blockchain in because of a reduced number of parties involved.
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