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Taiwan developing Covid-19 blockchain platform to track jab history


forkast.news 23 June 2021 09:12, UTC
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As Taiwan’s fight against Covid-19 continues, with some experts predicting that the vaccination could become a yearly jab like a flu shot, a team of doctors and engineers is developing a blockchain-based platform that could keep track of residents’ vaccination histories and health conditions.

Fast facts:

  • Albert C. Yang, director of the digital medicine center at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, told Forkast.News that his team had been building a blockchain-based platform designed to record information including personal histories of vaccinations, side effects and health conditions.
  • Yang said that his team would be talking to hospitals associated with the medical school at the university and to corresponding local governments in a bid to roll out the system.
  • A major challenge for the platform, Yang said, was to obtain data in a unified format from hospitals and local governments.
  • Yang’s team has previously rolled out a cloud platform for monitoring silent hypoxia, a condition from many Covid-19 patients have suffered. That platform has been put to use in several hospitals to track patients’ conditions and avoid frequent direct contact between patients and medical staff.
  • Hong Kong has launched something similar to what Yang’s team is proposing. The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ethereum software company ConsenSys last week announced the launch of a Covid-19 digital health passport to record Covid test results, temperature checks and vaccinations.
  • Malaysia’s technology authority also said in March that it had begun a vaccine tracing project powered by blockchain technology, the Malay Mail reported.

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