Blockchain can be key to immunity passport success – but science must dictate rollout

The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a reassessment of the role that technology can play in tackling health crises, as well as citizens’ right to privacy. This is particularly the case in the ongoing development of contact tracing apps, which have been heralded as the ticket out of the pandemic.

Another tool that has been suggested as one way of bringing the crisis under control – and has gained more and more attention over the last few weeks – are so-called ‘digital immunity...

TIXnGO launches blockchain-based health certificates aiming to help ease lockdowns

Swiss blockchain firm TIXnGO, whose platform has been taken up by various sporting bodies, has announced the launch of a secure health certificate mobile delivery offering.

The solution, called Health n Go, is a repurposing of the existing TIXnGO blockchain-based technology, which aims to enable secure ticket distribution. Health n Go 'is designed to safely deliver digital health certificates from a trusted authority', with a unique, encrypted, traceable identity attached to each...

UAE health ministry launches new blockchain-based data storage platform

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), in partnership with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Dubai Healthcare City among others, has launched the country’s first advanced digital platform for data storage aimed at pharmaceutical companies, health practitioners, government, and private facilities.

This digital platform, which is fundamentally powered by blockchain, has been introduced to increase the efficiency of MoHAP and other health authorities’ smart...

Samsung SDS pilots a blockchain-based medical claims processing system

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Samsung’s IT solution developer Samsung SDS is expected to roll out a blockchain-based medical claims processing system in October.Yoon Shim, a vice president of Samsung SDS, said at the Blockchain Seoul 2019 event that the firm has been piloting the system since August 2019. Samsung SDS is 22.6% owned by Samsung Electronics and 17.1% owned by Samsung C&T.

Yoon added that medical institutions and insurers have participated in the pilot to validate the effectiveness and the...

How blockchain has the potential to disrupt healthcare, banking, insurance and more [infographic]

The potential of blockchain technologies in industries such as healthcare, banking and logistics have been evident for some time. Only last week, Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, put together a tweetstorm which focused on non-financial use cases becoming ‘a bigger and bigger part of the story.’ Take healthcare as an example. The IEEE, the arbiter of various technology standards, has a project called The Pharma Blockchain Initiative which, as this publication put it back in...

How blockchain will help you take control of your health data

Exciting advances in precision medicine over the past decade should mean you and your family are now receiving advanced levels of healthcare and disease prevention based on your genetic makeup. Researchers and health professionals across the world should be enjoying access to a vast resource of genomic sequencing data and health records – helping them discover cures and treatments for every type of disease. However, the reality is far different. An ocean of data about your health and...

60% of pharma companies are experimenting with blockchain, claims study

Six out of 10 pharma companies are now using or experimenting with blockchain technologies, according to a new study by the not-for-profit Pistoia Alliance. The survey of 170 life science and pharmaceutical professionals found that 60% have active interests in the technology, as compared to just 22% when asked in 2017. However, that left 40% of respondents claiming to not be currently exploring or planning to implement any such technology. For those that were, industry-specific...

‘Seed to sale’: Canada weighs up blockchain to track legal sales of cannabis

The Canadian government has reviewed blockchain as a possible solution for securely tracking marijuana “from seed to sale”, following the passing of a bill legalising recreational use of the drug nationwide last month. Under the new Cannabis Act, from October 17, Canadians will be able to buy and consume cannabis legally in a regulated market that will dictate how the plant can be grown, distributed and sold. As part of the law, the government’s health department Health Canada is...

Healthcare consortium to apply blockchain technology to tackle provider data concerns

Five major US healthcare organisations are turning to blockchain technology to deal with concerns related to provider data. The new healthcare consortium, comprised of Humana, MultiPlan, Optum, Quest Diagnostics and UnitedHealthcare, will launch a collaborative pilot programme that will use blockchain technology to enhance the quality of data and diminish administrative expenses related with changes to healthcare provider demographic data. The new programme will evaluate how the technology...

Big Pharma and blockchain: Setting a standard with the IEEE

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Blockchain is beginning to make itself known in a wide-range of industries. Executives in companies ranging from healthcare to property management are exploring how distributed ledgers can be applied to their industries. One area in which the ability to record data in a tamper-proof and transparent way could be particularly beneficial is the sprawling and complex pharmaceutical supply chain that encompasses the development, manufacture and distribution of drugs that are used by hospitals,...