Article: Blockchain Helps Keep Healthcare Data Secure for the Homeless

Blockchain, Innovation

Blockchain Helps Keep Healthcare Data Secure for the Homeless

Missing proof of identify is a major challenge for the homeless population when it comes to crucial services, such as housing, food assistance, and overall healthcare. Generally, healthcare documents are highly susceptible to loss, theft, and damage.

Blockchain is a decentralized, digital ledger system that uses encryption to share information or transactions across a network of computers. Each “block” of new information is linked to the existing block, creating a chain of secure data that individuals can access anytime, anywhere.

The structure of blockchain technology helps manage identities of vulnerable individuals, allowing them to secure their information and control when and where their data gets shared.

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Article: Western Digital and computational storage: ‘We believe it will happen’

Hardware, Open Source

Western Digital and computational storage: ‘We believe it will happen’

Disk drive and SSD supplier Western Digital has spoken about computational storage use cases using SSDs and the need for a standard drive-host interface for computational storage drives (CSDs), indicating it wasn’t a question of if but when they become mainstream.

Computational storage aims to overcome the time issue created when data is moved to computation by moving a slice of compute to the data instead. One example of such a time issue would be when reading data from storage into a host server’s memory.

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Article: What is Software-Defined Storage?

Hardware, Open Source, Software

What is Software-Defined Storage?

Depending on where you research, Software-Defined Storage, or SDS, will be described as a scalable solution that enables platforms to utilise open-source software and off-the-shelf hardware to create a storage solution that can save money and enable software systems to interact with storage intelligently. Now, for the real definition of SDS!

Software-Defined storage, simply put, is a storage solution that provides advanced storage mechanisms, but these mechanisms are defined in software. Another way to think of it is replacing drive controllers with software. For example, RAID controllers allow for drives to be used in different configurations, but an SDS would remove the RAID controller, and implement this function in software instead.

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Article: Blockchain as ‘TechQuity’: How tech solutions have the power to help the homeless

Blockchain, Civil Society, Innovation

Blockchain as ‘TechQuity’: How tech solutions have the power to help the homeless

Mercer and co-author Anjum Khurshid, M.D., Ph.D., say blockchain holds great potential as “techQuity”– technology that provides innovative solutions to advance health equity. Blockchain is a decentralized, digital ledger system that uses encryption to share information or transactions across a network of computers. Once verified, each “block” of new information is linked to the existing block, creating a chain of secure data that a person can access anytime, anywhere.

“The architecture of blockchain technology makes it a unique solution for managing identities of vulnerable people, allowing them to secure their information and control when and where that data gets shared,” said Khurshid, director of data integration in Dell Med’s Department of Population Health. “For instance, if you need to prove you’re over 18 years old, that information can be validated through blockchain without having to share your driver’s license.”

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