First blockchain system launched by UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) recently launched the first blockchain-based system, which will provide coverage for healthcare workers across public and private healthcare facilities, under the supervision of the Ministry.

MoHAP’s system is based around saving and sharing the assessment data of professionals from the healthcare sector, which encompass pharmacists, technicians and doctors. The associated benefits of such a system include a decrease in costs and time, greater efficiency and the integrity of data.

According to Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Support Services Sector, this initiative will play a significant role in boosting the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021, which intends to harness blockchain technology for converting approximately 50% of government transactions by 2021 into a blockchain oriented platform. Regarding MoHAP’s system he commented “The Ministry has successfully developed the necessary infrastructure for a blockchain-based decentralised database. In the first stage, we will link the system of evaluation of health workers with public and private health authorities and other relevant institutions to create a single digital platform with access to the portfolio of health professionals."

Furthermore, Mubaraka Ibrahim, Director of Information Technology at MoHAP mentioned "The blockchain technology offers a variety of benefits and advantages, including a decentralised database in which the stored data becomes unchangeable. It will also help improve data and information validation and consistency, which in turn provides a high level of transparency and trust in the healthcare services sector. With immutable data, all health providers can access reliable information and take appropriate decisions, automate workflow processes electronically, improve the experience of customers and employees, and boost operational performance."

She went on to add that MoHAP is already focusing on developing e-health services according to the smart government enablers' index. Currently, the Ministry is charting operational plans geared towards combining digital technologies and smart applications which will enhance the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare centered on big data management, predictive models and blockchain technologies.

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