Vendors team to enable secure sharing of medical images

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Two blockchain technology companies are working with the Medical Diagnostic Web to create a new platform for maintaining, sharing and securing medical imaging.

The three entities aim to develop an infrastructure that enables secure sharing of patient data and medical images, such as X-rays and CT scans, for interpretation.

Medical Diagnostic Web (MDW) executives say their existing platform is the first radiology blockchain platform designed to connect all players in the medical imaging sphere to create a marketplace for image interpretation.

The new partnership involves Bitfury, a full-service blockchain technology company, and Longenesis, a startup that merges artificial intelligence and blockchain.

The combination of new technologies will be built on Bitfury’s private blockchain framework, intending to improve the security of sensitive medical information. It is expected to give users a more robust and discrete environment, while allowing transactions to be validated by nodes installed at a variety of respected sites.

Longenesis offers management practices that ensure that medical data, while recorded transparently via blockchain, is accessible only by authorized parties in full compliance with HIPAA and other privacy laws.

“Blockchain technology can strengthen patient data security by providing a tamper-proof record of patient history while simultaneously providing an avenue for doctors to more easily share information,” says Valery Vavilov, CEO of Bitfury. “The digitization of trust that blockchain offers, paired with the medical potential of AI algorithms, has the ability to revitalize medical systems all over the world.”

This advanced new infrastructure, with baked-in data anonymization, advanced encryption and user permissioning, complements MDW’s existing blockchain audit trails and tamper-proof records of patient data that create a safe and transparent way for users to exchange data and increase care quality, while improving efficiency and interoperability along the care continuum.

“A partnership with these industry innovators will enable MDW marketplace to provide the most advanced healthcare blockchain technology available today,” said Michael Averbach, MDW CEO and co-founder. “Our new hybrid private/public blockchain will provide the best of both worlds — a transparent and flexible yet protected and secure environment for medical data.”

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