While some remain hesitant to chase the potential of artificial intelligence and blockchain, there are those who are looking to combine the two to overcome core challenges associated with the rising technologies, according to a HealthITAnalytics report.
Microsoft Corporation’s David Houlding says machine learning software requires tremendous amounts of data, which raises some data-exchange concerns. He added, however, that blockchain could assuage those worries.
” … No one wants to be the subject of the next data breach headline,” Houlding tells HealthITAnalytics. “But that’s where blockchain can come in. It has the potential to solve a large number of the issues that are stunting the development of artificial intelligence for healthcare purposes.”
According to the report, blockchain is generally seen an inherently safe technology due to its decentralized infrastructure, and some stakeholders in the health care industry have already considered a number of uses for the technology.
“The idea is to use blockchain as a mechanism to produce metadata about the datasets available at multiple organizations,” Houlding says. “The metadata of the shared blockchain facilitates the discovery of information and the subsequent secure, peer-to-peer exchange of that data.”