Data Security in Clinical Trials Using Blockchain Technology

Marta de-Melo-Diogo, Jorge Tavares, Ângelo Nunes Luís

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Blockchain technology in a clinical trial setting is a valuable asset due to decentralization, immutability, transparency, and traceability features. For this chapter, a literature review was conducted to map the current utilization of blockchain systems in clinical trials, particularly data security managing systems
and their characteristics, such as applicability, interests of use, limitations, and issues. The advantages of data security are producing a more transparent and tamper-proof clinical trial by providing accurate, validated data, therefore producing a more reliable and credible clinical trial. On the other hand, data integrity is a critical issue since data obtained from trials are not instantly made public to all participants.
Work needs to be done to establish the significant implications in security data when applying blockchain technology in a real-world clinical trial setting and generalized conditions of use to establish its security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Anthology on Convergence of Blockchain, Internet of Things, and Security
EditorsInformation Resources Management Association
PublisherIGI Global
ISBN (Electronic)9781668471333
ISBN (Print)9781668471326
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameCritical Explorations
PublisherIGI Global


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