Forbes: U.S. Health Department Chief Discloses Functioning Blockchain Project To Track COVID-19

“As hospitals adjust to the new Health and Human Services (HHS) platform called the Coronavirus Data Hub to report critical Covid-19 information, HHS Chief Information Officer José L. Arrieta confirmed that the agency is using blockchain technology to track Covid-19 hospitalization data. In an interview today, Arrieta stated how this will “allow for faster clinical trials, protect citizens and flatten the curve on this pandemic, so we can recover from this pandemic using blockchain technology, a distributed ledger technology.”

“Earlier this week, Arrieta noted how HHS Protect, a platform for authenticating data, is more comprehensive than that previously provided by the CDC. ‘At HHS Protect, every day, every data element we receive is hashed with a time-stamped record of the parcing and curation and sharing of that data element.’ Arrieta, who is well-known for championing the benefits of blockchain technology within the U.S. Government, explained blockchain will ensure the data for Covid-19 hospitalizations is accurate and traceable.”

“Arrieta confirmed that the blockchain system being used with HHS Protect is an enterprise version similar to those supported by the Hyperledger organization and companies such as IBM as opposed to the bitcoin or ethereum blockchains. He declined to disclose the exact name of the platform… ” Read the full article here.

Source: U.S. Health Department Chief Discloses Functioning Blockchain Project To Track Covid-19 – By Jason Brett, July 24, 2020. Forbes.

 

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