Section BT (Biomedical Engineering)
Blockchain infrastructure and services for biomedical applications
Zorica Bogdanović1, Aleksandra Labus1, Marijana Despotović-Zrakić1,
Daniel Bjelica1, Artur Bjelica2
1University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
2University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia
Characteristics of blockchain technologies, such as decentralization, anonymity, auditability, transparency, reliability, and immutability, have inspired numerous potential applications in the field of biomedicine. The goal of this research is to point out the possibilities of using blockchain technologies in biomedical applications, with a focus on extended medical supply chain management and transparent end-to-end data provisioning. As a possible approach, we propose a blockchain-based platform for storing data from the medical supply chain, data about and measured using various medical devices, patient medical records, personal health records, sensor data, and others, to provide all stakeholders with access to relevant and accurate data, and raise the level of trust. We present the components needed for the implementation of the proposed system. Finally, we discuss the benefits and challenges related to the implementation of the proposed system.
Zorica Bogdanović is a full professor at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, and the head of the Center for IoT. She is a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society. She is a secretary of IEEE Computer chapter CO 16 and the head of the seminar of IEEE Computer chapter CO 16. Her research interests include e-business technologies, blockchain, IoT, big data, and smart healthcare.