“The Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative is honored to have Raymond’s expertise and partnership with firms like IEEE TEMS TC on Blockchain and DLT, which are fostering dialogue, sharing information and reporting activity in an effort to combat human trafficking through their relationships with other academic and research partners and the international blockchain community. The statistics on human trafficking globally shows an astonishing and alarming impact with the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimating that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally and that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. As public and private organizations continue to collaborate in the creation of a uniform front within the financial sector to fight human trafficking, we will see a true impact in the recovery of victims and prosecution of traffickers.” said Aaron Kahler, ATII Founder and Chief Executive.
These are just a few of the myriad ways in which an open, any-to-any energy internet will promote innovation, stimulate competition and generate big wins. No one can predict exactly what those big wins will be, but there will surely be many, and they will accrue to the benefit of all.
That’s why even without a crystal ball, we should all commit ourselves to digitalization, decentralization, decarbonization, democratization and diversity. In so doing, we’ll build the energy internet together, and enable a fair, affordable and clean energy future.
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.”
Ally Medina, director of the Blockchain Advocacy Coalition in California, said that using verifiable credentials could be the solution. With this model, patients are the only people with access to information.
Verifiable credentials are the digital form of physical identification. Exchanging health records using verifiable credentials ensures health records have been transferred from doctor to patient. It does not store the record itself, making it an advocated option for new health tech companies.
Third parties holding personal information spark cybersecurity concerns, but verifiable credentials make hacking more difficult. The most recent technology developments are for proof of Covid-19 testing or vaccination.
Luckily, there are many resource-efficient measurements they can take to protect themselves against cybercriminals.
- Segment and defend your network
- Protect from malware
- Secure remote connections
- Authenticate by more means
- Backup all data
- Limit privileges
- Raise security awareness
Cyberthreats to small towns and municipalities will continue to prove a formidable challenge. Local governments must take these threats seriously and need to have plans in place to combat threats and preserve their critical operations. Those that follow best practices in cybersecurity resiliency and invest in the software, hardware and staff will be best positioned to remediate and recover from future ransomware campaigns.
Rather than having multiple digital ledgers for the industry, better health care results require a single global blockchain that massively scales, capable of efficiently handling high volumes of data to act as the single source for information.
Blockchain technology – and more specifically – a single global blockchain, offers a solution – and healthcare organizations are increasingly taking notice of its transformative potential.
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