Storj DCS and healthcare clinical data

@bre
Recently we see a lot of Storj activity on film and video production which is absolutely great. I hope there will be many more partnerships in the future.

And of course there are many more industries that can be targeted that have to deal with clouds, large amounts of data and how to store and share it.
One of it is healthcare and clinical data. I came across an interesting paper here and thought I should share it:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347345130_How_to_Manage_Efficiently_Clinical_Big-Data_by_Means_of_Cloud_Computing

This research paper discusses the design of a hybrid cloud system for storing and sharing the huge amounts of data that MRIs produce. It is very interesting, because the author suggests something similar to Storj:

Anonymized DICOM files, from Anonymizer are sent to the Splitter microservice. It, by means of splitting algorithms such as the RRNS [11], divides the original file into chunks and spread them over the Public Cloud Storage services.

So I thought it may be an interesting idea to contact the author of this paper (https://it.linkedin.com/in/angalletta/en) and present Storj DCS to him. Maybe this could lead to some kind of collaboration to improve Storj DCS with useful features for healthcare providers, joined research activities or to get in contact with potentially interested parties from the healthcare industry.

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Healthcare industry can be approached after implementing

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According to @heunland it can be requested:

So for larger regions like the EU, it should be working.

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Thank you!
Yes healthcare and medical data are huge.

I know the USA has HIPAA compliances to contend with, but I’m not up to date on medical/health data compliances in other regions.

As @nerdatwork said, the geofencing will be a critical step.

Collaborations are great.
I’ve passed this on internally.

As always, thank you.

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Certification for regulatory compliance is certainly something Storj DCS is missing greatly as it would open the door to more industries (https://wasabi-support.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002145572-What-third-party-compliances-have-been-attained-by-Wasabi-)

HIPAA is US specific. The author from the paper I have linked is professor at the University of Messina, Italy, so he is referring to EU law, literally the GDPR. But there might be country specific regulatory requirements in other countries for the EU also. However for Germany for example I am not aware of any that would even stiffen the GDPR.
But that’s what I mean when I suggest to contact the author as he not only seems to be a computer expert but also an expert on e-healthcare so he is surely aware of regulatory requirements in different areas of the world.

I think being aware is relative. We are all aware there are different laws in different countries regarding data storage. So having an actual expert (preferably a lawyer) that deals with cyber laws is a necessity. I am merely speculating here but Storj would need to hire a firm that knows everything about such laws. As any issues with non compliance will result in heavy fines. This is in addition to actually being able to geo-fence the data. These things take time and money and rushing to clients with unfinished product might leave a bad reputation.

This actually reminds me of how Bill Gates sold an operating system to IBM when he didn’t even own a software. Ref: Pirates of Silicon Valley

Needless to say that Bill Gates turned out to become very successful :smile:

All your points are very valid. But that’s exactly why I was suggesting to contact that author. A university with all kinds of different disciplines is a great place to conduct some interdisciplinary research to find answers for all those questions on technical, legal or market aspects.

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Maybe another event to attend. Healthcare is big:

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