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Blockchain in Health Care – The "Future Workshop" by Jens Spahn

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Anyone who has visions, should go to the doctor, that is one of the most legendary quotes by former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Anyone who has visions of how to revolutionize a doctor's visit can, however, turn to Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). The Federal Ministry of Health is using an ideas competition to look for blockchain-based concepts that will make the German health system fit for the future. The task is very open: "We are looking for solutions for applications in the German healthcare system". Among other things, the Ministry mentions legal and identity management, consent declarations and the organ and tissue donation register as examples of potential uses of blockchain.

"Block Chain: […] Everyone talks about it – but it's often hard to find concrete applications, especially beyond Bitcoin ",

said Spahn in the ideas competition announcement video, in which he (individuals), teams, universities, start-ups, companies – in short, anyone involved in blockchain technology – calls for the ministry to help with this search.

By December 10, participants will be able to submit their proposals to an independent, interdisciplinary panel of experts. They then rate the concepts according to their relevance for the German healthcare system, its future viability, interoperability and data security. The best projects will receive an invitation to the ministry's "Future Workshop", which will take place on February 27, 2019. There, the winners of the preselection can present their projects to the expert panel, which then selects the winners. This waving prize money in a total amount of 30,000 euros. Of these, the first place receives 15,000 euros, for places two and three, there are 10,000 or 5,000 euros. Closing date is December 10, 2018.

Sparse details about the future workshop

Further details about the "Future Workshop" are not yet known. "Follow information" is stated in the corresponding FAQ under the point "What happens at the Future Workshop?". In June, Spahn was still skeptical of blockchain technology, but recognized the need for action in the digitization of health care. "We have to move faster than before," he said on the occasion of the Cube Tech Fair in Berlin. There is "a lot of talk and few concrete applications," said Spahn then. A step in the direction of concrete applications has already been made with the announcement of the Future Workshop. However, it does not lack a certain irony to mock on the one hand about the sluggish Blockchain adaptation and on the other hand, even after less than a month, does not provide more detailed information about the program of the "Zukunftswerkstatt".

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