I-Blockchain: A Blockchain-Empowered Individual-Centric Framework for Privacy-Preserved Use of Personal Health Data

Kenichi Ito, Kiichi Tago, Qun Jin

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    Abstract

    With the rapid development of information and communication technology, a vast amount of personal health data is generated, stored, and utilized in healthcare related services. However, there are many issues remained to be solved, such as data interoperability, security, and privacy concerns. On the other hand, blockchain, a decentralized peer-to-peer digital ledger, has attracted a lot of attention in recent years as a promising technology to protect privacy of personal data. By adopting blockchain, individuals can take advantage of personal health data for better healthcare. In this paper, after briefly summarizing the major features of blockchain, we describe blockchain-empowered solutions for utilization of personal health data in healthcare and discuss issues and challenges. We further propose i-Blockchain, an individual-centric framework for use of personal health data based on an extension of permissioned blockchain, present the basic architecture and protocols, and show several application scenarios.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages829-833
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538677438
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 26
    Event9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018 - Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
    Duration: 2018 Oct 192018 Oct 21

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018

    Conference

    Conference9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018
    CountryChina
    CityHangzhou, Zhejiang
    Period18/10/1918/10/21

    Keywords

    • Blockchain
    • Healthcare
    • Personal health data
    • Privacy protection
    • Smart contracts

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Information Systems
    • Health Informatics
    • Education

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    Ito, K., Tago, K., & Jin, Q. (2018). I-Blockchain: A Blockchain-Empowered Individual-Centric Framework for Privacy-Preserved Use of Personal Health Data. In Proceedings - 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018 (pp. 829-833). [8589418] (Proceedings - 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education, ITME 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ITME.2018.00186