IOTA has joined forces with leading Norwegian clusters, research and academic institutions to form a new Distributed Ledger Technology research network.
The IOTA Foundation has joined forces with leading Norwegian clusters, research and academic institutions to form a new Distributed Ledger Technology research network.
The IOTA Foundation and Alpha Venturi, network manager, are reportedly collaborating with the Olso Medtech, the Norwegian Center for E-Health Research, and the Oslo Cancer Cluster.
The new network will grow as a key contributor to the region`s transition to the digital economy. It is led by the Founder of IOTA, David Sønstebø and Wilfried Pimenta.
“We will kickstart by addressing the eHealth opportunities through a series of workshops and events. The network will be launched on the 21st of June 2017 in Oslo at a joint event where DLT technologists, European eHealth experts together with the EU Commission will explore the potential for DLT in eHealth.”, according to their official press release.
Norway is going digital
Norway is one of the countries leading the way towards a fully cashless society. The DLT-focused research network comes just after the Distributed Ledgers eHealth event that was hosted by Oslo Medtech. The event has reportedly attracted experts from across Europe, including the European Union Commission.
Distributed Ledgers in eHealth
The field of eHealth has seen significant growth in recent years thanks to the digitization of medical records, as well as the advances in medical technology.
Data scientists has started exploring the field of machine learning to improve diagnostics and detect cancer. Also, social media is used to predict the spread of the flu and other viruses. For this reason, it is not surprising that the healthcare industry is exploring blockchain and distributed tech as a way to innovate further.
“Blockchain technology has the potential to address the interoperability challenges currently present in health IT systems and to be the technical standard that enables individuals, health care providers, health care entities and medical researchers to securely share electronic health data”. as a recent research paper noted (available at heathit.gov).
This research network could potentially lead to the creation of a distribured ledger-based eHealth infrastructure, as cryptocoinnews.com noted.