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Non-Fungible Tokens as a Mechanism for Representing Patient Consent

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Publication date25/05/2022
Host publicationChallenges of Trustable AI and Added-Value on Health - Proceedings of MIE 2022
EditorsBrigitte Seroussi, Patrick Weber, Ferdinand Dhombres, Cyril Grouin, Jan-David Liebe, Sylvia Pelayo, Andrea Pinna, Bastien Rance, Lucia Sacchi, Adrien Ugon, Arriel Benis, Parisis Gallos
PublisherIOS Press
Pages382-386
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781643682853
ISBN (Print)9781643682846
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event32nd Medical Informatics Europe Conference (MIE 2022): Challenges of trustable AI and added-value on health - Nice, France
Duration: 27/05/202230/05/2022
Conference number: 32
https://mie2022.org/

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Conference32nd Medical Informatics Europe Conference (MIE 2022)
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNice
Period27/05/2230/05/22
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Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume294
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference32nd Medical Informatics Europe Conference (MIE 2022)
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNice
Period27/05/2230/05/22
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Abstract

In recent years we have seen the adoption of distributed ledger technology (DLT), originally the mechanism underpinning the operation of the Bitcoin crypto currency, across a wider range of technology sectors including healthcare. DLT allows for the design of informatics systems with the properties of immutability, security, and decentralization. One recent innovation in the space has been the specification and development of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). NFTs are decentralized DLT-based records that represent ownership of a unique digital asset. The predominant current use case for NFTs has been in the representation and sale of digital artwork, however the features offered by NFTs, unique-ness, immutability, transferability, and verifiability, are directly applicable to the design of health informatics systems. In this paper we explore these properties and describe a reference architecture for using NFTs as a means of representing and transferring records of patient’s consent for medical data use.