chapter  11
6 Pages

Better Quality Science

WithSean T. Manion, Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy

The idea of quality, most importantly that scientific findings can be replicated independently and represent an object assessment of the natural world that can be generalized more broadly, is fundamental to science. With the science that underlies the evidence of our evidence-based medicine, no such system exists. It is left to the trusted scientists and institutions that made the mistakes to slowly clean up the errors over the years and generations. Blockchain is a tool that may allow for cheaper and more rapid auditing at many stages in the medical science pipeline, improving the quality of outcomes and products considerably. The practice of tracking research data and associated details is largely an ad hoc effort by study, lab or multi-site study based on the minimally viable meta-data details to satisfy regulators and funders while keeping a record for writing up a methodology section in subsequent publications.