Many countries have started their investigations to solve the COVID-19 crisis. Well, just 3 months after 2020 is over, Brazil is one of the few countries where substantial progress has actually been observed. In this way, Brazil plans to use blockchains to advance these investigations.
Blockchain technology continues to break down barriers and push its own limits. Innovating every day more in new areas.
Thus, it has also helped innovate in the area of medicine. For example, the current health system is a decentralized system where the clinical history of each patient is distributed by multiple centers.
Blockchains as a tool in favor of medicine
Through a recent webinar on YouTube, on the Ministry of Justice and Public Security channel, a debate was organized on how Brazil plans to use blockchains in various ways. Including the fight against drug corruption in the country and the future management of the COVID-19 vaccine.
It is well known that blockchains work in such a way that management is decentralized. So in this case it applies to medicine and drug safety.
Through this, the companies in charge of controlling and verifying the entire process manage the supply chains. In this way, this technology can establish a permanent record and integrate with the supply chain and existing traceability systems.
This is an ideal use for technology. Because not only can you provide an audit trail that follows drugs within the supply chain, but you can also identify who has shared the data and with whom, without revealing the data itself.
Brazil and its Blockchain strategy for the COVID-19 vaccine
Brazil now plans to use a blockchain-based system called the National Health Data Network, or RNDS. Built using the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain framework, the system monitors anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine.
After each injection, the system receives data on which people received the vaccine and uploads that data to the blockchain.
“The objective of RNDS is to promote the exchange of information between the points of the Health Care Network, allowing the continuity of care in the public and private sectors,” Oliveira explained.
The system will reportedly allow for greater follow-up of cases and administered vaccines, with a clear improvement in the efficiency and clarity of the data. RNDS also includes other patient information, such as previous treatments and medications received, either to treat COVID-19, or for some other disease.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that a Reuters report, in early September, clarified that the country is not likely to push for a mandatory vaccine for citizens, while the September 9 news reported by MercoPress estimated a debut date in 2021 for an injection of COVID-19 in the country.
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