Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress 2019

Blockchain and Healthcare

Convergence – The Global Blockchain Congress 2019

11 – 13 November 2019

Málaga, Spain

Convergence constitute a global blockchain conference that brings together the worldwide blockchain community for an intense dialog with regulators, policy makers, industry influencers and members of the social impact community. SPHINX partner, TECNALIA, took part in an intensive three days Conference where it had the chance to interact with a plethora of Stakeholders and network with related H2020 projects.

In particular, within the proceedings of the Conference a get-together for projects currently developing blockchain-based solutions for healthcare was held. Titled “Blockchain and Healthcare: How is Blockchain Facilitating a Secure, Scalable, Data-Sharing Infrastructure in the Healthcare Industry?” the meeting was organized by the European Commission. During this activity, TECNALIA represented SPHINX in a discussion panel consisted of  projects regarding cyber-security solutions for healthcare sector. Namely, My Health My Data, CUREX, SPHINX, POSEIDON, SecureHospitals explored the collaboration potential between them and the interchangeable exploitation of their deliverable.

Concluding the meeting, the Head of Sector of EU Policies, Saile Rinne who was moderating the panel, asked about possible topics for future European project calls, noting that these should be directed towards the health data interoperability, since nowadays each institution uses different systems and it is not always possible to achieve full interoperation between them. The valuable feedback from such synergy-like event can be concentrated to the following key points:

  • There is a need for guidelines on regulatory compliance of blockchain.
  • Interoperability across different blockchain solutions used in healthcare is required to implement the cross-border healthcare.
  • Interoperability needs to be developed to make the data portability happen in practice.
  • Distributed data storage in combination with the data portability is a challenge to be tackled.
  • We need ecosystems of both data and services, addressing privacy issues, pricing of data and services, inclusion of tokens, privacy-as-a-service.
  • If data is seen as a revenue stream for hospitals, this can be the game-changer.