HIMSS is building a blockchain resource kit

The primer will include a Blockchain 101, use case discovery framework and a look at considerations for the digital distributed ledger technology.
By Tom Sullivan
09:06 AM
HIMSS Blockchain

HIMSS, the parent company of Healthcare IT News, is in the process of compiling a Blockchain resource kit that it intends to bring to the HIMSS19 Global Conference in Orlando during February.

“We have found through our last 18 months of exploration that this doesn’t exist yet,” said Mari Greenberger, director of informatics at HIMSS. “We’re trying to leverage resources out there. In healthcare especially there really seems to be a gap.”

Greenberger added that the blockchain resource kit will include a blockchain 101 section explaining what the distributed digital ledger technology is, key terminology and a look at strengths and vulnerabilities, a look at distributed storage, DLT vs cryptocurrency and blockchain networks.

Another aspect of the kit will focus on adoption and implementation, with strategies for identifying use cases, a business roadmap as well as a use case discovery framework.

The resource kit will also include considerations for healthcare, notably privacy and security, regulatory and compliance, governance of ecosystems, health data storage, performance throughput-scalability, interoperability, and deployment architecture.

“We’re trying to create a blueprint and initial primer. We want to make it dynamic,” Greenberger said. “We’re thinking through a roadmap with decision points and questions to ask yourself to decide if Blockchain should be utilized for tech projects.”

An initial version of the resource kit will be available by the end of 2018, and HIMSS aims to have it complete by HIMSS19.  

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