Solaster, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems to Collaborate on Blockchain R&D to Solve Healthcare Challenges
Joint effort to launch production-ready platform based on the HL7FHIR universal health data standard
NASHVILLE — August 29, 2018 — Solaster, a leading healthcare company focused on blockchain technology implementation, today announced a research and development collaboration with Vanderbilt University’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems.
The partners will create open-source tools to facilitate the safe, secure exchange of healthcare data, launching a production-ready platform based on Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7FHIR) universal health data standard.
The new platform, called GO-70, will be released on GOChain, an open-source, blockchain platform. The GO-70 open-source tools will be useable on other, compatible blockchains.
Solaster Chief Technology Officer Chris Downs and Vanderbilt University’s Jules White, associate professor of computer science, and Douglas C. Schmidt, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering and associate provost for Research Development and Technologies, will lead the collaboration.
“We see a familiar progression towards siloed, incompatible data as health applications are developed on various blockchain platforms. Establishing a standard data architecture is absolutely essential for widespread adoption of distributed ledger technology in healthcare,” said Solaster CEO Stuart Lackey. “With its commitment to blockchain research across industries including healthcare, coupled with the opportunity for Chris, Jules and Doug to work together, Vanderbilt’s Institute for Software Integrated Systems is the ideal partner for this important initiative.”
In recent years, Vanderbilt University has been at the forefront of blockchain research, exploring multiple applications for distributed ledger technologies. Their efforts include collaborations with a number of industry partners around applications ranging from healthcare data exchange to manufacturing security and electrical power grids for renewable energy courses. The new partnership provides an opportunity to use Vanderbilt research to solve both incremental and long-term healthcare challenges.
“Understanding the performance, security and maintainability of different blockchain architectures is critical to paving the way for robust healthcare blockchain applications,” White said. “Our findings will help answer many of these fundamental questions in the effort to turn research into successful practice for healthcare domain.”
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Solaster is a blockchain development platform focused on interoperability standards for healthcare DAPPS, using smart contracts. Solaster’s GO-70 is a blockchain standard modeled after the HL7-FHIR framework, which will improve innovation on behalf of patients, providers and other key data participants across the healthcare ecosystem. Solaster is leveraging GO-70 to introduce a healthcare DAPP marketplace on the GOChain Network where developers can create next generation health applications; and where providers, consumers and third party entities can purchase, sell and seamlessly exchange health data all on one, unified interoperable standard.