The Blockchain Challenge is a nationwide event meant to attract a variety of stakeholders in the healthcare and blockchain space, such as patient privacy experts and developers. The stated mission of the challenge is to solicit “white papers on the topic of Blockchain Technology and the potential use in Health IT to address privacy, security, and scalability challenges of managing electronic health record and resources.”
Papers should discuss a variety of topics, such as cryptography and ways to incorporate Blockchain technology in the healthcare industry. Additionally, papers should address healthcare delivery needs and determine if there is a place for Blockchain technology in the healthcare and/or health IT industry.
Each paper should be no longer than 10 pages, and submitted by August 8th by either an individual or a team. Up to 15 submissions will be announced as finalists, and up to 8 winners may have the opportunity to present their paper at National Institute of Standards and Technology headquarters at a workshop in late September, co-hosted by NIST and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
The challenge timeline is as follows:
- Submission period begins: July 7, 2016
- Submission period ends: August 8, 2016
- Evaluation begins: August 9, 2016
- Evaluation ends: August 19, 2016
- Winners notified: August 22, 2016
- Winners Announced: August 29, 2016
- Winner Presentation: September 26-27, 2016
Read more about registration, requirements, and prizes here – Blockchain Technology and the Potential for Its Use in Health IT and/or Healthcare Related Research Data