In this 3-hour instructional workshop, we propose to briefly introduce blockchain technology and describe its use in biomedical research, healthcare, and genomics applications. We propose to recap the content for our last tutorial, emphasizing didactic contents and answering frequently asked questions about blockchain technology. We will then follow with examples of blockchain applications in biomedical, healthcare and genomic domains. The target audience is composed of informatics researchers, clinicians, IT experts, and leaders in healthcare or other institutions who have little or no experience building systems based on blockchain technology. We aim at benefiting both the audience who has attended our tutorial last year and new attendees. The two instructors have experience implementing the technology and can contrast it to other approaches. In this workshop, we will present three use cases in biomedical data sharing, healthcare privacy-preserving predictive modeling, and genomic data access logging. We plan to deliver didactic contents for 70 minutes, and also contents with interactive demos for 80 minutes. In our demos, we will utilize both Ethereum and MultiChain blockchain platforms, as our tutorial is platform-independent. After attending the workshop, we expect participants to understand blockchain technology, including the benefits, platforms, and variations, as well as an understanding of blockchain use cases, underlying requirements, and state-of-the-art implementations.

Learning Objective: After participating this workshop, we expect participants to:
(1) Have basic knowledge of blockchain, including the benefits, platforms, and technology
(2) Understand blockchain application for biomedical data and the role of smart contracts
(3) Understand the blockchain use case of healthcare privacy-preserving modeling and transaction metadata
(4) Understand state-of-the-art genomic data access logging on blockchain


Tsung-Ting Kuo (Presenter)
University of California, San Diego

Lucila Ohno-Machado (Presenter)
University of California, San Diego

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