Blockchain to support Thailand’s medical tourism

The authorities are hoping that medical tourism powered by blockchain technology can help restore Thailand’s battered travel-and-hospitality industry. Leading this effort is the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) which has laid out the opportunities and obstacles to building a medical tourism blockchain platform in Thailand.

NIDA is convinced that fast-advancing blockchain technology is the key to rapid tourism recovery and turning the country into a mass medical treatment destination.

It is spearheading development of the hub by building an online platform that offers tourists easy-to-access medical and travel information.

Thai tourism chiefs have welcomed the focus on technology as a way of boosting the Kingdom’s post-Covid tourism appeal. The challenge is to create a platform with travel operators that answers both the tourism and medical needs of international travellers.

The authorities believe this is where blockchain will play a crucial role.

Blockchain-powered platforms allow doctors to create profiles of international patients without the help of major hospitals. Medical tourists can use these platforms to consult doctors directly.

These channels will be used in the future to collect centralised data on each patient’s treatment in the past, present, and future.