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Blockchain Being Used to Save Lives Amidst Opioid Epidemic

Sep 8, 2018

A growing number of start-ups and larger companies have begun to experiment with blockchain’s utility for solving public health crises — like the opioid epidemic in the United States.

Cryptocurrencies have had a testy relationship with some law enforcement figures in the United States, who see popular forms like Bitcoin as a scapegoat for an ongoing opioid crisis.

Industry giant IBM has been working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on a data project that could help turn the tide against the opioid crisis.

The CDC has been helping IBM build a blockchain-based surveillance system to help hospitals and doctors get information about prescriptions. The idea is to get data about what types of people are seeking care, as well as understanding how antibiotics and opioids are prescribed.

By tracking drugs and medicines from the manufacturer to their final destination, some think it could be much easier to monitor addicted persons heading to multiple doctors for more prescriptions.


Source & Full article: Bitcoinist

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