Gem Partners With Nordic Tech Giant Tieto and the CDC to Put Healthcare on the Blockchain
Enterprise blockchain supplier Gem is forging new partnerships in the medical sector. First announced in the Health 2017 seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, before this week, the blockchain startup is teaming up with European tech service supplier Tieto in addition to cooperating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We basically believe that information shouldn’t be concentrated; it must exist in the borders where it already resides. Gem is partnering with Tieto along with the CDC to construct fluid systems of tunnels and bridges which connect pertinent data in the time that it’s required,” Gem creator and CEO Micah Winkelspecht informed Bitcoin Market Insider.
The developing fascination with blockchain technology doesn’t seem to be slowing down. As pretty much every business is exploring if and how blockchains can aid their surgeries, the medical industry is no exception.
The business offers software solutions for a variety of public sector agencies, in domains such as forestry, finance and education, in addition to health care.
In Nashville, Gem and Tieto declared their new venture in the pursuit of the way blockchain technology may reap the technology giant. Emily Vaughn, head of balances at Gem, also Maria Kumle, head of fresh offerings (Lifecare Solutions) in Tieto, presented a keynote speech on Tuesday morning outlining the companies’ shared vision for the future of health care and the way their partnership will construct blockchain-based compliance options.
“Tieto includes a fairly major vision for its future,” Winkelspecht informed Bitcoin Market Insider following the demonstration. “They think in a change in the provider-centric data version to some more citizen-centric information version. They believe citizens should truly be in charge of their own information, where businesses can leverage and utilize that info, if the consumer consents.”
For Tieto, GemOS is going to probably be configured to connect unique data silos, especially Finnish blood banks and DNA registers.
“If, say, a life insurance policy requires access to your health records and this information is saved in 10 distinct places, that insurance company first should understand what these places are. Then it requires to demonstrate to each of these places that it has the rights to get this. And it ought to have the ability to pull all of them down, to get accessibility to the information.”
Since this is still an extremely bureaucratic, slow and costly procedure, Gem and Tieto think they could streamline the localization and consent of the information. While the various silos will remain siloed — that the blood bank documents and DNA registers will not be saved on any blockchain — GemOS must offer the bridge to join the applicable data where required.
Before the conference, Gem also struck a current deal with the CDC, the United States national agency tasked with preventing the spread of disease.
The CDC is particularly interested in finding answers to better manage population health data and, even more especially, data relevant for disaster response. This type of information is generally fed through several intermediaries, for example different regional government bodies. And because this is still very much a manual process, getting the right information to the correct sections can take weeks or more. This present level of inefficiency is of specific concern in emergency situations where time is of the character.
Along with further automating their procedures, the CDC believes that blockchain technology will offer further alternatives. It’s therefore already put together a 27-person blockchain development group and is also partnering with different blockchain providers, including Microsoft and IBM, along with Gem.
“The CDC wants to build a blockchain-based early-detection warning system for population health and other subjects that they care about,” Winkelspecht clarified. “Once more, we will not put actual data on the blockchain, but what we are trying to do is paint a clear, comprehensive picture of all of the data that’s available, with a validity test, a timestamp and a confirmation.”
These records should then be immediately accessible to other applicable parties at the disaster relief efforts, like doctors or pharmacies. Such real-time data-sharing options among parties could significantly benefit CDC’s assignment, especially when it has to do with contagious diseases.
Both the Tieto and CDC jobs are still in early development stages. It might take a while before the projects are up and functioning.