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ONC to co-host blockchain code-a-thon

Chris Nerney
Chris Nerney, Contributing Writer |
ONC to co-host blockchain code-a-thon

Programmers will have a chance to win some prize money while helping healthcare providers improve secure data sharing at a blockchain coding competition next month in Washington, D.C.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Chamber of Digital Commerce are co-hosting a "Blockchain in Healthcare Code-A-Thon" on March 14 and 15 at Georgetown University.

Up to 12 winners will be announced at the opening ceremonies of the DC Blockchain Summit on March 15. Up to $15,000 will be awarded to the challenge winners; prizes range from $500 to $5,000. Registration ends on March 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The code-a-thon is open to the public.

Participants will be required to develop distributed-ledger-based applications and solutions that address key operational issues in the U.S. healthcare system,  including identity management, data aggregation, and data linkage.

A blockchain is a data structure that can be timed-stamped and signed using a private key as a way to prevent tampering. It was initially developed to enable the use of bitcoin.

"ONC's participation speaks volumes about the serious, long-term potential application of blockchain to the healthcare sector," Perianne Boring, founder and president of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, said in a statement. "This competition will highlight the wide-reaching benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger solutions, while creating new opportunities for innovation in health care."

The "Blockchain in Healthcare Code-A-Thon" is limited to the first 100 contestants and 50 attendees who register. For more information, rules, registration and prizes, click here

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