First US Government-Backed Blockchain Hackathon to Focus on Healthcare | Finance Magnates

The event will take place on March 14th-15th and the winners will be announced at the DC Blockchain Summit.

The Chamber of Digital Commerce, a Washington DC based lobby representing the cryptocurrencies and blockchain firms with American lawmakers, has announced that it is co-hosting the ‘Blockchain in Healthcare Code-A-Thon’. This is done in collaboration with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.

This event marks the first-ever blockchain code-a-thon hosted by a US government entity. The event will take place on March 14th-15th and the winners will be announced will be announced at the DC Blockchain Summit.

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DirectTrust Issues Request for Quote to Establish a DirectTrust Bridge Certification Authority for Healthcare Industry – MilTech

… “The new DirectTrust Bridge CA would open an efficient pathway for healthcare organizations to deploy their PKIs widely for a variety of tasks and use cases, including network authentication, document signing, implementation of private data sharing networks, and interoperable health information exchanges,” said DirectTrust President and CEO David C. Kibbe, MD MBA. “The Bridge CA is a logical extension of DirectTrust’s current Trust Anchor Bundle infrastructure, highly tuned to healthcare needs, and will be complementary to it. The big difference is that the Bridge CA will more easily allow DirectTrust’s PKI to support non-Direct technologies where security, trust and identity are critically important, for example for FHIR queries and Blockchain, and to do so at national scale specifically for the healthcare industry.”

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Accenture Unveils Blockchain Security Hardware | PYMNTS.com

As blockchain technology continues to gain steam, more companies will begin to search for ways to streamline it for practical security purposes. The latest venture into this area is through professional services giant Accenture.

This week, Accenture launched its new blockchain security hardware solution. In partnership with Thales and its hardware security modules (HSMs), Accenture has developed a patent-pending solution to help blockchain technology seamlessly integrate with industrial-grade security systems.

This new solution will help support industries including financial services, health care and government.This new solution was developed to build up emerging blockchain platforms with an interface that utilizes Thales’ hardware security technology. This technology has complex security mechanisms for digital keys, which are kept isolated from IT networks. Through a single install, Accenture’s new solution allows companies to avoid multiple interface code developments.

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Initiative announced to explore Blockchain based trade finance and logistics solution in Dubai | 2017-02-08 | OpenGovAsia

The project will explore a trade finance and logistics solution for the import and re-export of goods, replacing paper-based contracts with smart contracts.

A new Blockchain initiative has been launched through a collaboration between IBM and Dubai Customs and Dubai Trade ( a government platform offering integrated electronic services from various trade and logistics service providers in Dubai under a single window) and its IT provider, DUTECH.

The project will explore a trade finance and logistics solution based on Blockchain for the import and re-export process of goods in and out of Dubai, replacing paper-based contracts with smart contracts. It will leverage Watson IoT for device-reported data to update or validate smart contracts through all stages of the flow of goods.

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Business | KC Register

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) announced a blockchain initiative with Dubai Customs, Dubai Trade, advancing Dubai’s government blockchain strategy. As part of the initiative, IBM is also working with leading businesses including Emirates NBD, du, Aramex, and Banco Santander. IBM is collaborating with Dubai Customs, Dubai Trade and its IT provider DUTECH, to explore the use of blockchain for a trade finance and logistics solution for the import and re-export process of goods in and out of Dubai. Using Hyperledger Fabric and IBM Cloud, the blockchain solution transmits shipment data allowing key stakeholders to receive real-time information about the state of goods and the status of the shipment. Taking the example of a shipment of fruit, stakeholders involved in the process will receive timely updates as the fruit is exported from India to Dubai by sea, and then manufactured into juice in Dubai, and then exported as juice from Dubai to Spain by air. Additionally, as part of the solution, IBM is also working with du, a UAE-based telecommunications service provider that is conveying data from internet of things (IoT); Emirates NBD Bank, the letter of credit issuing bank; Banco Santander, the letter of credit responding bank; Aramex, the freight forwarder; and a leading Airline, as the airway carrier.

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Dubai Tests Blockchain for Securing Electronic Health Records | EfficientGov

DUBAI — In a proof of concept for NMC Healthcare, due early in 2018, a pilot will test blockchain for data integrity, security and patient trust in managing and sharing electronic health records among health providers.

The blockchain pilot will be structured so that NMC can be 100 percent certain of the accuracy of retrieved electronic health records, according to last month’s announcement.

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HIMSS17 Survival Guide: A strategy for conquering the health IT conference in Orlando | Healthcare IT News

It’s that time of year again. The center of gravity for healthcare IT will be shifting south to Orlando, Florida on February 19 when more than 40,000 professionals arrive for HIMSS17.

There will be sessions on professional development topics, innovation, venture investing and plenty of networking opportunities. Some events will accept walk-up registration but others sell out. Some of this year’s highlights:

Rockstars of Blockchain. Does blockchain have the potential to bridge traditional data silos while keeping data more secure? This day-long conference brings together experts from hospitals, health insurance companies, and vendors for a deep dive into the blockchain opportunities.

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