A Layered Blockchain Framework for Healthcare and Genomics

Khaled Shuaib, Heba Saleous, Nazar Zaki, Fida Dankar

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3 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Scientific research in the area of human genomics is no longer restricted to scientists. With the introduction of companies such as 23andme and Ancestry, the interested people of the public have been getting involved in genetic studies. However, the nature of the data being collected and its link to confidential, personal information will need to be properly secured and complete to prevent the same issues faced by electronic medical records in healthcare: fragmentation and risk of disclosure. By integrating blockchains with genomics and healthcare, patients and research participants will be able to participate in their own healthcare and research, increasing patient and user centricity. In this paper, a layered architecture of how blockchains can be implemented in genomics and healthcare is proposed. The proposed architecture shows how communication between users, researchers, and medical professionals can be improved while encouraging genetic research while improving security and privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages156-163
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169972
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Event6th IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2020 - Virtual, Bologna, Italy
Duration: Sep 14 2020Sep 17 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2020

Conference

Conference6th IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2020
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVirtual, Bologna
Period9/14/209/17/20

Keywords

  • Blockchains
  • Genomics
  • Health care
  • Medical Records
  • Privacy
  • Smart Contracts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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