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Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Change Healthcare Join Blockchain Project Hyperledger

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by Tatsiana Yablonskaya · 4 min read
Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Change Healthcare Join Blockchain Project Hyperledger
The Deloitte Building in Oslo, Norway. Photo: Benson Kua/Flickr

With these 8 new members, the total number of Hyperledger participants has reached 142.

Hyperledger has welcomed 8 new members to join efforts creating an open standard for distributed ledgers for a new generation of transactional applications.

The list of new members includes Alphapoint, Change Healthcare, CITIC, Clause Inc, Deloitte, Ernst & Young LLP, FZG360 Network Co. Ltd and Schroder Investment Management Limited. You can check the full list of member companies here.

“These new members have joined Hyperledger bringing a diverse set of skills at a crucial time,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director at Hyperledger. “Consensus is a great platform for our members to set the stage and speak to what’s happening in our community, as production blockchain deployments increase. I look forward to working with these new companies to drive open blockchain technologies forward across industries.”

The Hyperledger Project is a collaborative effort created to advance blockchain technology by identifying and addressing important features for a cross-industry open standard for distributed ledgers that can transform the way business transactions are conducted globally.

Deloitte has joined one more consortium – the recently formed Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). The company has been working on Hyperledger and Ethereum for quite a long. These partnerships will allow it to become a factor in shaping how these technologies might be used by businesses.

“As we are growing our blockchain activities and teams across the globe, the choice to join Hyperledger was clear,” said Eric Piscini, Global Blockchain Leader at Deloitte Consulting. “We are excited to actively participate in the open source community and drive the development of innovative blockchain solutions for our clients and the industry.”

Change Healthcare is the first healthcare organization to become a premier member of Hyperledger. Its CTO Aaron Symanski will join the governing board. Just a few months ago, Change Healthcare united with the IT unit of the McKesson Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 pharmaceuticals firm.

“Blockchain is a promising and exciting new technology for secure online transactions,” said Aaron Symanski, CTO, Change Healthcare. “But it’s crucial that healthcare leaders step up to champion innovation to help take blockchain from its early implementations to tomorrow’s healthcare IT solutions. I look forward to collaborating with Hyperledger members to help develop an open, distributed ledger technology that makes secure and safe financial interoperability work better in healthcare and beyond.”

“Joining Hyperledger is our first step to collaborate with international players in distributed ledger technology (DLT). It will bring a huge impact in our daily life and we look forward to working on this with current members,” said ZHU Gaoming, CFO, CITIC Group Corporation. “CITIC is China’s largest conglomerate and a constituent of the Hang Seng Index”, says CITIC, one of the new members. “Among our diverse global businesses, we focus primarily on financial services, resources and energy, manufacturing, engineering contracting and real estate. The short term goal is to use DLT to enhance our current business models and upgrade the existing technology; We welcome potential clients to Hyperledger.”

“The mission of Clause is to transition the world of legal contracting from a largely unintegrated static, paper-based, process to an integrated component of the increasingly data-driven business world,” said Peter Hunn, Clause. “Distributed ledger technology is one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the future of legal contracting. Being the only member in contract lifecycle management enables Clause to uniquely contribute to the goals of Hyperledger by bringing expertise and code that will advance distributed ledger technology in new directions. We’re looking forward to engaging more with the open source community, and leveraging existing and future Hyperledger projects in building the future of legal contracts”, echoes Clause Inc.

Hyperledger is a global collaboration including leaders in finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology. The project was launched in February 2016 and for this time has grown from 30 to 142 members. There are eight active open source projects now with three of them being announced in the last two months including Hyperledger Burrow, Hyperledger Indy and Hyperledger Composer.

Hyperledger unveiled that two of its projects, Hyperledger Sawtooth and Hyperledger Iroha, have graduated from incubation to active status.

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