UAE: Ministry of Health and Prevention launches first blockchain-based system

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) has launched the first blockchain-based system to save and share the assessment information of health professionals.

The smart system will cover healthcare workers in public and private health facilities overseen by the ministry to help reduce time and cost and improve efficiency and data integrity.

The system is in line with the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021, a strategy that aims to capitalise on blockchain technology to transform half of government transactions into the blockchain platform by 2021.

By adopting this technology, the UAE government expects to save D11bn (US$2.9m) as well as 398 million printed documents and 77 million work hours a year.

‘The ministry has successfully developed the necessary infrastructure for a blockchain-based decentralised database,’ said Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, assistant undersecretary of the support services sector. ‘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.’

Mubaraka Ibrahim, director of information technology at the ministry, said: ‘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.’