US Health Institute Teams with IBM to Explore Blockchain

Announcements, Blockchain, Innovation | October 26, 2017 By:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the US national public health institute, is collaborating with IBM Watson Health, an IBM division focusing on medical solutions, to explore blockchain for storing and exchanging medical data. The partnership was announced during Watson Health’s panel discussion at the Fast Company Innovation Festival.

IBM chief science officer Shahram Ebadollahi said the partnership is an extension of the work they’ve been doing this year with the FDA, exploring owner-mediated data exchange using blockchain. He said that the CDC and Watson Health expect the joint effort will aid in federal adoption of the emerging technology.

The CDC has been exploring blockchain technology to streamline processes between various health departments and other organizations. Earlier this month, the CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services announced that it has been working on several blockchain pilots for months, pilots which could become real government applications as soon as 2018.

CDC will be issuing a more detailed announcement about the partnership with Watson Health in the months to come.