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Add the Food and Drug Administration to the roster of health care clients lining up to work with IBM Watson. They’ll be working together to study how blockchain technology — best known for being the basis of cryptocurrency system Bitcoin — could be applied to health care.

Blockchain is meant to bring checks and balances to data, really — decentralizing data as a way to make it immutable and secure.


IBM Watson and FDA will study how blockchain can be applied to the management of data from EHRs, clinical trials, genomics, and wearables. It’ll focus first on cancer.

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