On Monday, August 29, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) unveiled fifteen winners from over 70 submissions for the Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-related Research Challenge. A Blockchain is a data structure that can be time-stamped and signed using a private key to prevent tampering. Challenge participants addressed ways that Blockchain technology might be used in health and health IT to protect, manage, and exchange electronic health information.
In regards to the Challenge submissions, Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health IT, stated that, "While many know about the Blockchain technology's uses for digital currency purposes, the challenge submissions show its exciting potential for new, innovative uses in health care."
White Papers from the final winners can be found here. Winners were chosen based on factors including the papers' proposed solutions or recommendations for market viability; creativity; ability to inform and foster transformative change; and, potential to support a number of national health and health information objectives, including advancing the flow of health information for where and when it is needed most. Eight winners may be given the opportunity to present their paper at a Blockchain & Healthcare Workshop hosted at NIST on September 26-27, 2016.