Blockchain, Gaudioso (Cittadinanzattiva): «Institutions should start working for transparent regulation»

25.Jan.2019 | Insights

Blockchain is a great chance for a technological step change. Though, «it is very important that public entities develop a strategy for Blockchain. They should be proactive actors and work for a transparent regulation of the technology since the beginning, and not just react to choices made by somebody else». It is the advice given by Antonio Gaudioso, Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva, to institutions and public actors that soon will have to embrace this technology.

Then, by comparing Blockchain to the invention of mobile phones and the introduction of the GSM, Gaudioso explained the advantages of the Blockchain for the healthcare sector from the point of view of patients, a matter of particular concern for the association he represents: «It can make data more transparent and democratic, while quite often clinical records are still handwritten. If it is implemented and developed in an accessible and fair way, Blockchain will really be able to help improving medical assistance to citizens throughout the country. Besides, it can guarantee better data protection».

Through the last months, in fact, personal data has undergone different scandals, starting from Cambridge Analytica. Being the most personal data we have, it is significantly central that health information is properly safeguarded. Something that Blockchain technology can guarantee: as explained by Antonio Gaudioso, «being an encrypted system, Blockchain can protect well our health data, that is extremely important both in terms of personal use and of general interest. Let’s think about, for example, those patients who freely decide to donate their clinical data to research, making the discovery of treatments for certain diseases possible and letting other patients avoid them», Gaudioso went on. Yet, the main topic is, again, transparency: «But if used in the correct way – said Gaudioso – Blockchain can be a great opportunity also in this sense».

Article written by Sanità Informazione