UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention Instigates First-Ever Blockchain Network

Brian Njuguna   Sep 19, 2019 07:00 1 Min Read - 2019-09-19T105841.421.jpg

On September 18, the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it had established a blockchain system intended at sharing and saving assessment information among health practitioners, such as technicians, pharmacists, nurses, and doctors.

The Ministry proclaims that blockchain technology will transform this sector by improving data integrity and efficiency. Additionally, the costs and time spent will be reduced. The network will cover health practitioners both in the public and private areas.

According to Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, the Ministry’s Under-Secretary, the health network will be instrumental in propelling the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021 whose objective is the adoption of blockchain technology in at least 50% of government undertakings by 2021.

Al Ketbi notes:

"The Ministry has successfully developed the necessary infrastructure for a blockchain-based decentralized 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."

Similar sentiments are shared by the Health Ministry’s Director of Information Technology, Mubaraka Ibrahim, who asserts that blockchain technology will be instrumental in information consistency and validation. As a result, trust and transparency in the nation’s healthcare sector will be inevitable. 

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