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BlockChain Technology and Its Application Towards a Wearable EMR

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Human Factors and Medicine

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blockchain protocol, data mining, electronic medical record, electronic wearable devices, medical informatics


The current military health IT system consists of disparate legacy systems that have been amassed over the years. However, to date, these disparate systems do not communicate well with each other. Specifically, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) was never designed to manage life time medical records across different treatment facilities. Such a system leaves the patient’s EHR scattered across various organizations making data access difficult, if not impossible to both patient and provider1. In addition, patient’s rarely have the opportunity to review their full medical record, often times only reviewing small portions that are pertinent to a specific need.


The two main objectives of this NATO ET are 1) to identify specific deficiencies that exist within the current Military Health IT system, and 2) to consider software and hardware development concerns for a “wearable” electronic medical record to assess and standardize health IT information using current innovations in blockchain technology.


Specific examples of potential priorities for the panel include: • Mutual agreement on deficiencies that exist within the current military health ecosystem. • Development and validation of an operationally acceptable “wearable” EHR that allows for real-time tracking of patient healthcare data. • Global integration of blockchain technology for EMR acquisition and storage. In addition to specific applications, the panel will also: • Develop and validate of a common ontology for sharing of EMR between patient and provider that maximizes transparency while protecting privacy but ensuring personalized treatment and delivery of care. Disciplines/areas of expertise include but are not limited to: bioinformatics, epidemiologists, ???

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