It seems the U.S. government is going all in on blockchain technology, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just announced its distributed ledger contest that applies the technology to healthcare services.
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U.S. Gov’t Agency Wants to Apply Blockchain to Healthcare
The contest — called the “Blockchain and Its Emerging Role in Healthcare and Health-related Research,” created by HHS — started accepting registrants on June 20th, with a deadline for application ending July 29th. The goal is to have participants create white papers on the topic of blockchain technology and its use cases within the healthcare industry.
Entries will be judged in August, with the winners of the contest being invited to an industry-wide workshop, which is backed and co-hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Winner presentations will begin this September among industry leaders and executives.
Requirements for the contest consist of a white paper no more than ten pages to educate readers on “Health IT and/or Healthcare related” technology. Papers are to describe how blockchain technology can enhance the healthcare system with effective solutions and applications for the real world.