Health Information Exchange with Blockchain amid Covid-19-like Pandemics

Klitos Christodoulou, Panayiotis Christodoulou, Zinon Zinonos, Elias G. Carayannis, Savvas A. Chatzichristofis

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    Abstract

    The COVID-19 pandemic is stress-testing existing health information exchange systems. There exists an increasing demand for sharing patient information and efficiently responding to patient medial data requests. Current health information technologies lack data fluidity, especially for remotely sharing medical data beyond their protected, local data storage. This paper presents a blockchain-based data-sharing framework that leverages the properties of immutability and decentralization to ensure a secure, user-centric approach for accessing and controlling access to sensitive medical data. The proposed framework builds its foundations on a peer-to-peer network fueled by the distributed InterPlanetary File System combined with on-chain tagging, and on the use of cryptographic generation techniques for enabling a secure way of sharing medical data. The flow of information is orchestrated by a smart-contract deployed on a blockchain-based protocol to ensure traceability and data integrity. The effectiveness of the framework is demonstrated with the implementation of the framework over a pilot study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages412-417
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728143514
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2020
    Event16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
    Duration: 15 Jun 202017 Jun 2020

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020

    Conference

    Conference16th Annual International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems, DCOSS 2020
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityVirtual, Online
    Period15/06/2017/06/20

    Keywords

    • Blockchain
    • Electronic Health Records
    • Medical Informatics

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