Blockchain technology will help users streamline the search for health facilities and ask for medicine supply chains.
The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) together with the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City, and other relevant authorities recently launched a blockchain-based health data storage platform to store the most relevant information in the area.
This would be their first advanced digital platform to store the data for health, pharmaceutical government and private facilities, health practitioners, and drug information as well, something that would help save time and find the information in a faster and efficient way, which is very important in the health sector.
Raising the efficiency of MoHAP and other health authorities’ smart health services is one of the objectives of this new platform. According to local media, it will also help users streamline the search for health facilities and its licensed medical and technical personnel. Besides, users will be able to ask for medicine supply chains to find the product they need. All of this is conducted in three steps through the MoHAP App.
However MoHAP has plans not only with blockchain technology. The UAE’s Ministry of Health is planning to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its processes. Local media explain that this Ministry looks to incorporate AI by 100 % in health services. In this way, MoHAP is following the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, one of the pioneering projects of the UAE Centennial 2071.
An Encrypted Database
Dr. Lubna Al Shaali, who is the Director of the Public Health Policy Department at MoHAP, considers that the new data storage blockchain platform will help secure an unchangeable, decentralized and encrypted database with high-security protection, something that will allow the Ministry to verify data validity and reliability.
The Director of Public Health Policy Department at the UAE Ministry of Health talked about how these technologies will improve the health sector in the country that is opening more and more its doors to blockchain and other new technologies.
“The AI-based projects will play a key role in enhancing the capabilities of health care services and providing smart medical solutions, following the UAE Centennial 2071, and the Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy”, Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri said.
UAE Continues Incorporating Blockchain
Other areas of the United Arab Emirates public administration are taking advantage of blockchain technology. Almost 60 private and public entities of the government in the UAE have started using blockchain technology, as it was informed at the end of 2019.
For instance, last October, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai (the United Arab Emirates) announced it would begin using a blockchain-based unified business registry platform (UBRP) to facilitate and improve the form of doing business in Dubai by enabling license issuers to manage trade licenses and corporate registries.
Now, the MoHAP App will provide a high level of transparency and confidence in the UAE’s healthcare services sector so that users could enjoy an efficient and safe system.
By María Rodríguez