New Blockchain Platform for Healthcare Data

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Sarah Peddie

The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has announced that it has launched a blockchain platform to improve storage of health and pharmaceutical data. 

What is a blockchain?

A blockchain is a growing list of records that are linked by using cryptography. Each block has a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. A blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. 

The platform was developed due to a collaboration between the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and other health authorities. This new plan is part of a strategy to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the health services within the country.

The blockchain platform will be available to users through an app by the MoHAP which will enable the storage of health and pharmaceutical data, government and private facilities and health practitioners. The public can use the app to search for health facilities, licensed medical personnel and their expertise. 

The platform will also allow users to search for details of specific medicine or drugs. They will be able to find out what manufacturer produced them and the method of use. Addition to this, it will help promote medical tourism by providing data about healthcare that is available to tourists in the UAE. 

This initiative comes after the recent launch of the Digital Healthcare Centre by the Department of Health and Etisalat in Abu Dhabi. The project aims to progress in digital health by using blockchains, AI and big data which aims to enhance healthcare within the country. 

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