The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and other relevant authorities have launched a blockchain-based health data storage platform.
On Feb. 2 The Emirates News Agency announced that the blockchain-based platform aims to improve the efficiency of MoHAP and other health authorities’ smart health services. It will help users streamline the search for health facilities and its licensed medical personnel, as well as to inquire about medicine supply chains.
According to Dr. Lubna Al Shaali, the Director of the Public Health Policy Department, the new data storage blockchain platform will help secure an unchangeable, decentralized and encrypted database with high-security protection to verify data validity and reliability. As per the Ministry’s plans for introducing artificial intelligence (AI) into health services, the platform will also contain AI functionalities.
Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s Public Health Policy and Licenses:
“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”
Being decentralized, secure, transparent, and efficient in managing data, the healthcare sector can benefit tremendously from blockchain technology. Yet, there are several challenges ahead too, such as how it can adapt to real-world applications when it comes to regulation, privacy, business and provider and patient relationships which are unique to healthcare.