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UAE Health Ministry to use blockchain data storage

The Emirates News Agency announced that the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has deployed the first digital storage platform for health, doctors, nurses, pharmaceutical government and private facilities. The latter was made possible by a collaboration with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and other relevant health authorities to improve the efficiency of health services.

The director of Public Health Policy Department, Dr. Lubna Al Shaali, commented: “This blockchain-based platform would help secure an unchangeable, decentralized and encrypted database with high-security protection to verify data validity and reliability”. The platform will store all types of information, making it easier and more efficient to access information related to medications, the manufacturers, cost and health practitioners.

The platform will also make use of artificial intelligence (AI) in accordance with the UAE’s AI strategy. To which assistant undersecretary of the MoHAP’s Public Health policy and licenses stated: “This innovative platform comes as part of MoHAP’s strategy to develop smart systems and provide the best smart electronic services, to achieve customer happiness and implement the standards of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and smart government enablers”.

Blockchain technology has truly caught international attention. Its use can help improve almost any sector which relies on information, by improving both reliability and efficiency. The United Nations recently found a use-case for blockchain and are using it to help fight against the exploitation of workers. Even banks are tapping into this area and looking to create central bank issued digital currencies (CBDC).


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