Presidential Health on the Blockchain
The questionable letter Donald Trump’s doctor released to the public highlights the current difficulty the Internet has with High Value Information.
Trump’s doctor has sheepishly and confusingly taken credit for writing the bizarre letter, which states:
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the Presidency.”
But the doctor’s explanation of how the actual language was crafted is muddled and inconsistent. The press has identified irregularities in the letterhead and the protocol of the letter itself. What prominent individual we know uses language like that?
The Internet, effectively the worlds greatest copy machine, is excellent at allowing us to follow this soap opera online. But the Internet is without any tools to confirm High Value Information like a presidential candidate’s health records. Daffy Duck could have written that letter. Or it simply could have been written by a doctor with little standing and no fear of any professional repercussions by publishing nonsense.
Let me lay out an alternative universe, if I may. A future Decentralized Application (DAPP) on the Ethereum blockchain could allow a person to store their health records on a distributed ledger, protected by the greatest cryptography the world has ever known. The health care community would input credible data onto the blockchain, with penalty for fraud being expulsion from the system, effectively ending their ability to do business.
The only one with access to all of the health records would be the patient. He or she could offer healthcare providers, or the press, or whoever, tiered access to this information using a private key and settings they control. A slate of protections would be part of this DAPP, including multi-signatory protocols which effectively protect billions of dollars of cryptocurrency at this very moment.
In this system you couldn’t alter your health records. But you COULD decide who gets what information in what circumstance. You COULD credibly prove anything about your health. You COULD debunk faulty health rumors with the click of a button — effectively offering the entire reputation of the healthcare industry as your counterparty. You COULD rest easy that no one would be able to hack your healthcare records by breaking into your doctor’s office or bribing your dermatologist.
You may not need all of this functionality unless you are trying to pass a physical as part of an NFL trade, or assuming the role of CEO of a large company — or running for President. But wouldn’t it be nice to know your health records are all in one place, to not have to re-input information each time you see a new health care provider, and wonder where they might share the information without your permission? Or whether the information will be lost entirely, potentially compromising a current or future treatment plan?
Blockhain will make possible an entirely new era on the Internet by allowing value to be transmitted without two parties having to trust one another. The incentives simply ensure that bad information, or a fraudulent transaction, or the transferal of a deed of trust to a dictator’s best friend won’t be validated by the rest of the network, because those other parties will be penalized. It is game theory at its finest. But you can’t call it theory anymore because, as I alluded to, nearly $10 Billion is being secured right now under these same protocols.
As it stands now, the only credible information we know about Donald Trump’s health is that his doctor is an odd fellow. The blockchain wouldn’t stand for that ambiguity.