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ONC Seeks Ideas on Blockchain Application to Health IT

health infosecThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has launched a white paper solicitation on the use of blockchain technology in health IT applications in a move to address security, privacy and scalability needs in electronic health record management.

ONC said Thursday it plans to award $1,500 to $5,000 in cash prizes to as many as 15 winners and offer another eight participants a chance to present their white papers at a workshop ONC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will hold on Sept. 26 and 27 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The goal is to determine the relationship between blockchain technology and its application in health IT.

Interested parties must discuss cryptography and blockchain technology basics in their papers and explain how blockchain can help address interoperability requirements outlined in ONC’s Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.

The agency also seeks recommendations on how to implement blockchain in health IT.

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