Singapore-based government investment firm SGInnovate and startup Accredify have developed a system for storing medical data on the blockchain.
Development of the Digital Health Passport began in May, in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. The system allows storing patients’ medical data on the blockchain, and access to them is provided through a special “wallet”. In July, the system was successfully tested – digitized medical documents were uploaded to the blockchain, including smear results, coronavirus immunity tests and vaccination data.
“The pandemic put a huge strain on the healthcare sector in Singapore and we noticed a problem in processing large volumes of medical data. We wanted to quickly create a solution, ”said Simon Gordn, Deputy Director of Venture Development at SGInnovate.
The project was created on the basis of the Open Attestation platform with open source code, intended for notarization of documents. The platform was developed by the Department of Information Technology GovTech, which is part of the Singapore government.
“Digital Health Passport uses blockchain to provide cryptographic protection for every medical document. Users can automatically verify digital records through a mobile application and provide the data to doctors or authorities in the form of a QR code, ”the companies said in a joint press release.
The use of blockchain for storing medical data is becoming a general trend in healthcare. Previously, such systems were reported by the authorities of South Korea , the United Arab Emirates and the American company Anthem .