The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) of the United Arab Emirates developed a blockchain based solution to manage the data of health center workers, as announced on September 18 in the entity’s web portal.
According to the statement, it would be the first blockchain-based system to record and share the evaluation information of health professionals, including doctors, pharmacists and technicians with local health authorities, which will help them reduce time and costs to improve the efficiency and integrity of the data.
They also point out that the blockchain system covers the health workers of the public and private sector centers that are under the supervision of the Ministry. Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, deputy assistant secretary of the support services sector, commented:
“The Ministry has successfully developed the necessary infrastructure for a decentralized database based on blockchain. In the first stage, we will link the evaluation system of health workers with public and private health authorities and other relevant institutions to create a unique digital platform with access to the portfolio of health professionals. ”
In turn, he explained that this project would be supporting the Emirates 2021 Blockchain Strategy, which seeks to capitalize on blockchain technology to transform 50 percent of government transactions into a blockchain-based platform by 2021.
For his part, Mubaraka Ibrahim, the director of Information Technology at MoHAP, said that “blockchain technology offers a variety of benefits and advantages, including a decentralized database in which stored data becomes immutable.”
“It will also help improve the validation and consistency of data and information, which in turn provides a high level of transparency and trust in the health services sector. With immutable data, all health providers can access reliable information and make appropriate decisions, automate workflow processes electronically, improve customer and employee experience and increase operational performance. ”
He added that the ministry is working to develop electronic health services according to the rating of smart government enablers, according to the source.
Ibrahim also said that operational plans will be designed to integrate digital technologies with intelligent applications to “improve the quality, safety and efficiency of medical care, based on the management of big data, predictive models and blockchain technologies.”
This would be another case of using blockchain technology for data management in the health sector. It should be noted that in February of this year it was reported that Longenesis, provider of Exonum open source medical care applications, and the Medical Gil Center, a hospital located in South Korea, signed an agreement to design and integrate a customized solution of health data management based on blockchain technology.
The agreement emerged as a collaboration for research aimed at creating solutions to manage health data and, this solution, based on the Exonum open source framework with the Bitfury blockchain platform, will streamline data collection and registration, improve Medical research processes and will allow transparent management of patient consent.