Building a Blockchain for Medical Data Management

Andrew Lippman, MIT Media Lab and Neha Narula, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Lippman discusses how blockchain is impacting healthcare.

Andrew Lippman, Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

Andrew Lippman is a senior research scientist at MIT and associate director of the Media Lab. He has been with the Lab since its inception. Lippman’s work here has ranged from digital video and HDTV to graphical interfaces and networking.

Currently, he heads the Lab's Viral Communications research group, which examines scalable, real-time systems whose capacity increases with the number of members. This new approach to communications, human transactions, and broadcasting migrates ""mainframe communications"" technology to distributed, personally defined, cooperative communicators.

In addition, Lippman co-directs MIT's interdisciplinary Communications Futures program. Lippman has also led research programs on digital pictures, personal computers, entertainment, and graphics, and he has served on advisory boards of technology start-ups and established companies.

He has written both technical and mainstream articles about our digital future, and given over 250 presentations throughout the world on the future of information and its commercial and social impacts. Lippman received both his BS and MS in electrical engineering from MIT. In 1995, he completed his PhD studies at the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Neha Narula, Director, DCI, MIT Media Lab

Neha Narula is director of the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.

In a previous life, Narula helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through a browser.

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