The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has explored the digital ledger technology to secure data from electronic health records. It’s not just providers and research organizations that are exploring what blockchain can do to improve care coordination and delivery. Blockchain technology has been on the radar of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since at least the summer of 2017. Now, the CDC has taken early proofs of concept it worked on last year a step further with a full-blown pilot in partnership with industry.The CDC test is exploring the effect of bringing blockchain into the agencys electronic health record data-sharing system. The goal is to build trust in the data that is stored and shared.Not many users trust data-sharing systems because they cannot see, as the data moves through its lifecycle, who has access to it at what point, Askari Rizvi, chief of the technical services branch of the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics said during a webinar earlier this month, GCN reports.The CDCs Office of Technology and Innovation and the National Center for Health Statistics worked with IBM, a leading blockchain proponent, to create a pilot program for an EHR blockchain.As GCN notes, the goal is to secure data and metadata collected from EHRs with clients consent and to give the data lifecycle far more transparency. This is critical because the CDC and local health departments share data all the time, sometimes on outbreaks of virulent diseases, as MIT Technology Review reports.

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