Dubai Healthcare City, UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Presidential Affairs have launched a blockchain-based medical data storage platform. The blockchain will improve efficiency and smart health services in MoHAP. The Emirates News Agency reported on Feb 2 that the platform would; streamline searches for health facilities and respective licensed medical personnel. Other additional features include initiating inquiries into the medicine supply chain.
Meanwhile, the Director of Public Health Policy Department Dr Lubna Al Shaali stated; that the record storage on blockchain platform was going to secure immutable, decentralized and encrypted databases. Data records with a high level of security protection for data verification, validation and reliability.
Moreover, the platform will also comprise AI functionalities as per the Ministry’s plans in leveraging artificial intelligence into health services. All these technical enhancements in the medical front will play a major role in transforming health care and smart medical solutions.
In fact, an assistant undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention noted that the objectives are in accordance with the UAE Centennial 2071. Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri said:
“The AI-based projects will play a key role in enhancing the capabilities of health care services and providing smart medical solutions, in accordance with the UAE Centennial 2071, and its artificial intelligence strategy,”
UAE Pushing Towards Blockchain Adoption
An earlier report indicated at least 80% of government entities were implementing blockchain technology. For instance, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai announced to implement a blockchain unified business registry platform. The platform would improve business efficiency in Dubai and ease the management of trade licences and corporate registries.
Blockchain technology will ensure decentralization, transparency, security and efficiency of data management. However, the key challenges remain to be regulation, business, provider and patient relationships as well as privacy.