UAE Introduces Blockchain-Powered Medical Data Sharing

Asia Blockchain Review
September 28, 2019

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has tapped into the power of blockchain technology to improve medical services for its citizens.

Reported by Ledger Insights, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) of the UAE has introduced a blockchain-powered health and medical database for use by members of the industry.

Blockchain Provides Range of Benefits to Medical Sector

Designed specifically to address the medical needs of the UAE, the system uses blockchain innovations to record and share information necessary for medical practitioners. It is to serve doctors as well as medical technicians and pharmacists, while also remaining accessible to health officials to inform policy and to aid in their work with medical facilities.

MoHAP Director of Information Technology, Mubaraka Ibrahim, touted the use of blockchain to better distribute pertinent medical data, as well as to safeguard it from tampering. 

“The blockchain technology offers a variety of benefits and advantages, including a decentralized database in which the stored data becomes unchangeable,” said Ibrahim.

Medical Data System Part of Emirates Blockchain Strategy

Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Support Services Sector, explained the system was created under the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021, in which the nation is to transition up to 50% of its governmental tasks to blockchain platforms by 2021.

The system will allow industry players to more efficiently address issues being faced in the UAE, such as the validation of credentials for doctors and other health workers. 

Collecting data on the education, experiences, and licenses of medical practitioners, the system could greatly speed up the currently weeks-long process of validation.


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