BUILDING TRUST AMONG MULTIPLE STAKEHOLDERS IN PRECISION MEDICINE BY BLOCKCHAIN

The practice of precision medicine critically relies on the trust among multiple stakeholders, including but not limited to insurance providers, health systems, clinicians, researchers, patients, sequence labs and federal agencies. Paper-based consents are not easily subject to automatic validation, are not updatable in real time, and can be lost or altered. With increased awareness and regulation of health information privacy, secure access is instrumental to efficient and timely genomic information exchange. We propose to use a blockchain-based, Smart Contract protocol to build a trusted framework for this purpose. Blockchain is a trust machine that can be applied beyond the financial industry. With industry partners, we are expecting to prototype the blockchain-based Smart Contract protocol to maximize the reach and efficacy of clinical genomics and precision medicine.

Simon Lin, MD, MBA, Chief Research Information Officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital & Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Ohio State University