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du reveals plans for health blockchain solution

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Dubai-based telecom operator, du has revealed its plans to build UAE’s first Patient Safety Blockchain Solution in collaboration with Dhonor HealthTech. The solution is currently at development stage and is expected to be ready within the first half of 2019, as per the telco.

According to a statement, this Blockchain Platform as a Service (BPaaS) use case will ensure high security and transparency of data that allows a patient-centric approach to Blockchain in healthcare. This incorporates direct communication with key stakeholders, access to healthcare resources, and verification of authentic medicines, which are the main drivers of the Patient Safety Blockchain solution.

This solution is designed to provide authenticity and compliance traceability that delivers the transparency and trust that has eluded the healthcare industry to date. With immutable data, it has the potential to give all stakeholders access to reliable information, including the origin, state, and viability of use for medical products. The solution is based on NFC tags standards that enable access to Blockchain solution in order to verify if blood bags and pharmaceutical products are authentic across the medical supply chain.

Jihad Tayara, Vice President Business Development and Partnerships- New Business & Innovation, du, said: “BPaaS provides immense scalability, compatibility and cost efficiencies, but it also ensures high security and transparency of sensitive data. In the healthcare sector, protecting patient data is paramount, hence we are proud to implement the next deployment of BPaaS within the healthcare sector where it will contribute towards saving countless lives and raising the quality of care that patients receive.”

The solution therefore ensures patient’s safety and solves the problems of many patients encountering counterfeit medications and wait times for trusted blood bags, the statement added.

Wassim Merheby, Dhonor Healthtech, CEO and Co-Founder, said: “The need for transparency and visibility to verify the authenticity and condition of the medicines that patients’ lives depends on is essential. By adopting blockchain into our everyday operations, this will be an important step towards the digitisation of the UAE’s healthcare sector and revolutionise patient-centricity.”

This collaboration addresses patient’s safety and solves the problems of many patients encountering counterfeit medications and wait times for trusted blood bags.

This announcement comes after du’s strategic partnership with ConsenSys to build the UAE’s first BPaaS, at GITEX technology week 2018. This was showcased through an exciting use case using smart contract capabilities to facilitate and automate the process of document and certificate attestation by government entities. 

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