U.S. Expert Speakers Participate in 4th International Block Chain Forum

In coordination with Embassy Bern, two U.S. experts spoke on February 4th at the annual International Block Chain Forum. The focus of this year’s meeting was block chain applications in the healthcare industry.

Prof. Lucila Ohno-Machadachair of the Biomedical Informatics Department of UC San Diego, discussed applications of block chain technology in clinical research and healthcare quality improvement. One significant opportunity of block chain in this area is the use of research data without unintentionally disclosing the identities of the test subjects.

Amber HartleyChief Strategy Officer of BurstIQ, spoke about the opportunities of Block Chain technology to ensure a global secured network of health data. She explained the growing demand for consumer data privacy and data ownership, exploring the question of who has access to an individual’s health data.

The virtual 4th International Block Chain forum on February 4th was organized by the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, and included two U.S. expert speakers. This year’s edition focused on Block Chain applications in the healthcare sector and covered current topics such as data protection of health records, infection contact tracing, and the secure transmission of health data.  A range of speakers from academia and business from the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Switzerland presented at the event where members of government, healthcare, and the business community met and exchanged best practices and problem solutions, networked, and created opportunities for future collaboration.  For more information on the agenda and speakers visit www.ibfr.ch.