Blockchain technology could improve the reliability of medical trials

  • Dr Irving used a recent example to demonstrate how his idea might work.
  • As long as the public key was uploaded to a registry when the trial began, the protocol could be verified later without the worry that it had been changed during the study.
  • A study last year of 137 trials found 60 reported on outcomes they were not looking for, according to their original protocol.
  • Dr Irving would now like to test his ideas on a small number of trials.
  • Dr Irving believes the method could prevent “hidden outcome switching”, the egregious and statistically flawed practice of secretly changing the focus of a clinical trial to fit the results.

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Blockchain technology could improve the reliability of medical trials


Blockchain technology could improve the reliability of medical trials