During the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore has decided to take the help of blockchain technology to collect unprecedented health data and for surveillance.
On September 30, a report was been published stating that SGInnovate, the investment firm owned by the government, partnered with Singaporean startup Accredify to build a digital health passport on blockchain technology.
Save Medical Data In Digital Health Passport
It has been announced that in May 2020, the companies started developing this blockchain-based digital wallet application that can secure the medical data of the user.
In July 2020, its pilot project was released which shows that the app can easily secure and manage the healthcare data over 1.5 million times. Also, the individual can use this app for verifying the digitized healthcare documents like memos related to COVID-19 discharge, swab results, immunity proof, and vaccination records.
In the FWMOMCARE app of the Singapore Manpower Ministry, the pilot program of the health passport app was released, which was just a feature at that time.
FWMOMCARE app is a mobile application that was introduced in May. At the time of the pandemic this app the ministry used this app to monitor the daily health status of the migrant workers and report about it.
Ministry of Finance Supports SGInnovate
Singapore’s Ministry of Finance has invested in SGInnovate because the company has good experience in the blockchain space.
The government CIO office of Singapore, GovTech, has developed this digital health passport on the Open Attestation platform.
Recently, the deputy director of SGInnovate’s venture building, Simon Gordon, said, “As the pandemic tested Singapore’s healthcare sector, we identified a gap in the large-scale management of medical records. We wanted to quickly build a solution that enables a trusted authentication process.”
The joint public statement released by SGInnovate and Accredify stated that the newly developed application will help the users in avoiding paper-based documents.