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This Week in Blockchain 11.09.18

Cutting Down the Medical Paperwork

While there is a lot of focus on health care in America—who should have access to it; at what cost; pre-existing conditions—the frustrations of being in the system are less discussed. That doesn’t mean they’re not important. One longstanding issue is medical records. Every time you see a new doctor, dentist, or any medical professional, it’s often on you to transfer your records and catch the doctors up on your entire history. It doesn’t have to be that way.
That’s what Translo, a blockchain platform for sharing biomedical data, and Inkrypt, a decentralized content-hosting solution focused on censorship resistance, have realized. They’ve now partnered on a new patient information sharing platform:

The Inkrypt platform would help this patient information platform with its censorship-resistant and secure cloud hosting service that will facilitate shareable healthcare information on the Translo platform.

A secure platform that cuts through the bureaucracy of paperwork would greatly enhance the entire experience of health care. Partnerships like the above are exactly what’s needed.


A Chain for Everyone

Recently, while in Berlin at RCon3, I learned about an organization passing out QR codes to the homeless. No more claims of not having cash—digital donations from smartphones are instantaneous. Turns out that US cities are constructing similar initiatives.

For the last six months, KXAN has been following Austin’s bid for funding, a proposal called “MyPass” to use encrypted blockchain technology to help the city’s homeless store identification cards, medical documents, and other important information electronically.

While this tech is in no way limited to the homeless population, storing their records on-chain could be a highly effective means for identification, as well as accepting donations through specialized tokens. Given that Los Angeles earmarked $138m for its homeless problem, perhaps my city needs to follow Austin’s lead.

Degrees On-Chain

My university degree sits in a box in my closet. The glass is cracked. It’s not that I don’t care about it, it’s just that the four years I spent at Rutgers cannot be symbolized by a piece of paper. If verification of my degree were digitized, all the better.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Education feels the same. Yesterday the agency announced e-Scroll, a blockchain-based issuance and verification system for university degrees. The move comes after an uptick in fraudulent degrees that are easily obtainable over the internet.

Developed by a team from the International Islamic University (IIUM), the MoE said the system stores the certificate data on the NEM blockchain and provides an online verification “in a few seconds” when a QR code printed on the degree certificate is scanned.


Blockchain Fundamentals

Our friends over at Blockchain at Berkeley just published this talk on blockchain fundementals, Enterprise Blockchain: Real-World Applications:


Toyota Using Blockchain in Ad Buys

Domain spoofing and bot traffic are serious problems in advertising. Toyota has taken steps at preventing these during programmatic ad buys, tracking how vendors, agencies, app owners, and publishers share data by using blockchain.

Any data that’s not vouched for by all the partners in the chain could mean it’s been manipulated at that point in the auction, indicating that the bid has been exposed to fraudulent activity such as domain spoofing or bot traffic.