Blockchain in health care: This partnership between Sentara and a university shows promise

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Sherry DiBari

Networking coach Michele Jennae once said, “Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.”

That was certainly true when Dan Bowden, Chief Information and Security Officer at Sentara Healthcare, gave a talk on cybersecurity at Old Dominion University in 2017.

After the lecture, Sachin Shetty, who holds dual appointments as an associate director at ODU’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and associate professor in the Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering, spoke with Bowden about his ongoing work using blockchain to address data provenance and identity management.

The result of that conversation was a three-year sponsored research agreement to explore the possibilities of blockchain in health care.

Within a year, Shetty, his team at VMASC and the Sentara Healthcare team had worked together to develop...

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