How Blockchain Can Improve The Health Information Exchange – Forbes CommunityVoice(tm)

Health information exchange is probably that one thing that keeps hindering healthcare IT. The challenges are in data security and privacy, as well as in multiple operational inefficiencies, which inevitably concern those partaking in sensitive interactions.

There are multiple reasons why assuring PHI (protected health information) privacy remains challenging, but the major one is that there are no uniform architectures and standards to ensure trusted access to PHI and PII (personally identifiable information) and safe data exchange between all stakeholders, including patients.

It hinders patient engagement due to patients’ limited ownership of their health data, hurts care cooperation between providers from different networks, and also back-pedals population health management since caregivers can’t effectively exchange their insights in a secure way.

However, there can be one technology to create a new health information exchange framework and solve related problems: the blockchain technology.

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Financial Stability Board: Blockchain Could Raise Cross-Border Data Issues – CoinDesk

An international group of regulators and government officials created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has released a wide-ranging report on financial technologies including blockchain.

The report grew out of a months-long process within the Financial Stability Board (FSB), which first revealed it was researching blockchain and its impact on the global financial system in February 2016. The board is composed of central bank governors and financial regulators from nations in the G20 group, as well as its predecessor Financial Stability Forum, and the European Commission.

Though the study states that “there are currently no compelling financial stability risks from emerging fintech innovations,” it outlines 10 potential issues that regulators should focus on. In the context of blockchain, the FSB report identifies the implications of the technology’s cross-border nature and legal uncertainty around smart contracts.

The authors go on to note:

“These and other legal issues could be even more prevalent when considering cross-border activities. For example, blockchain has raised questions, such as data privacy concerns across jurisdictions, and identifying the location of an asset when no one bank or entity is the custodian of the record.”

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Is Blockchain Coming to Manufacturing? – Automation World

Chances are you’ve been hearing the term blockchain quite a bit over the past year or so. In a recent Automation World article exploring ways to strengthen supply chain operations, senior editor Stephanie Neil explained blockchain technology as being “an unalterable peer-to-peer recordkeeping system that enables communities to securely record and share information. Blockchain is best known as the core component of the digital currency Bitcoin. Each validated Bitcoin transaction creates a block, which attaches to the chain of blocks before it, thereby creating an easy-to-follow trail.”

With Bitcoin at its root, there is certain to be no small amount of trepidation around blockchain’s use in industry. The significant upside the technology presents, however, certainly bears out further investigation. And that’s why Wipro, a global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has developed nine blockchain-based offerings, four of which are directly targeted at manufacturing. Wipro says these new offerings have been “defined, designed and co-developed with clients in Wipro’s Blockchain Innovation Lab” to demonstrate what blockchain can accomplish for global enterprises.

Considering Wipro’s preference for referring to its blockchain offerings as solutions, I asked Sanjeev Ramakrishnan, general manager and business unit leader at Wipro, to clarify whether these blockchain “solutions” are products, services or a combination of the two. He said, “all of Wipro’s blockchain solutions include: blueprints for domain-specific use case; the solution architecture; the code base, which can be customized and integrated; and full solution documentation” in addition to access to Wipro’s cloud-based lab and in-house experts.

The four offerings targeted at manufacturing address anti-counterfeiting, airworthiness certificate tracking, supply chain visibility and additive manufacturing/3D printing. According to Ramakrishnan, “the benefits of these solutions include improved process efficiency, optimized costs and the ability to foster innovative business models.”

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GSA calls for blockchain and machine learning to speed acquisition – fedscoop

The General Services Administration is looking to speed up acquisition by harnessing innovative machine learning and blockchain technologies.

The administration released a request for quotes June 19 to improve its Multiple Award Schedules FASt Lane program. FASt Lane was implemented in 2016 to give government agencies timely access to new technology innovation by shortening processing times.

Now, GSA says it has up to $149,999 to offer to contractors for a proof of concept that can further improve FASt Lane processing and proposal review times with distributed ledger technology — the foundation of blockchain technology, which also forms the basis of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin — automated machine learning, artificial intelligence based technologies and electronic interchange technology.

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You’ve never heard of these 5 classes—but their areas of study will boost your pay in the future – CNBC Make It.

If you want the excitement of working in a growing industry, like renewable energy or artificial intelligence, you could try to strike out on your own as an entrepreneur. But maybe you don’t quite have the skills for those hot industries that promise higher pay and more growth.

The good news is that there are a host of new courses you can take and areas to study, which you’ve maybe never heard of — but that will put your resume at the top of a hiring manager’s resume pile. Keeping your skills fresh is increasingly important as industries turn over or face existential crises: “The current shelf life of technological skills is less than five years, [making] it crucial for individuals and employers alike to boost their skill sets,” said Sarah Tilton, senior regional director of coding bootcamp academy General Assembly’s New York office, in an email.

Mic pored over new course offerings at top online instruction sites like Udacity and Coursera — and examined reports on in-demand jobs requiring a specific new skill, — to come up with a list of five classes you can take to set sail on a fresh career. We used salary tracking site Paysa and job listing site Indeed to estimate expected salaries. Some, but not all, of the courses are free.

1. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies

If you’ve been following the news, you know the price of the cryptocurrency bitcoin has soared recently. But if you’ve really been following the news, you know that bitcoin is just the tip of the iceberg for a technology with much more potential: the blockchain.

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The FBI Received Over 2,600 Ransomware Complaints in 2016 – CoinDesk

The FBI received more than 2,600 complaints about ransomware last year, according to a new report.

Published yesterday, the annual review of cybersecurity threats from the law enforcement agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) outlined a range of statistics, including the number of submissions it received regarding ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts an infected computer’s data, demanding a payment – usually in bitcoin – in return for the information being unlocked.

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Coin Center: US Senate’s Digital Currency Bill Is ‘Counterproductive’ – CoinDesk

An anti-money laundering bill before the US Senate and focused in part on digital currencies “could upset years of policy and compliance work”, according to Washington, DC, advocacy group Coin Center.

A new blog post penned by Coin Center executive director Jerry Brito dives into the specifics of the bill, arguing that the Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 – introduced in late May by a group of influential senators – largely replicates rules put in place by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which first issued guidance on digital currency activities in 2013 and later 2014.

According to Brito, the Senate bill’s approach as written is “counterproductive” to its intended goal of countering illegal activities.

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