The importance of vaccination came into the light once again during the Covid-19 pandemic. Throughout history, humans have successfully developed vaccines for a number of life-threatening diseases, including meningitis, tetanus, measles and wild poliovirus. Even though in many parts of the world, diseases that were once responsible for millions of deaths a year are now considered a thing of the past, new pathogens are emerging all the time. So not only will we always need vaccines – and strong national immunization programs, even for the diseases that appear to be in decline – but it also makes up arguably the most important part of our armor to protect the world against new threats to global health security.
Government healthcare systems were the great propellers of Covid-19 vaccination. Although in most cases it worked well, there is room for improvement. Recently, the possibility of using blockchain to improve the efficiency of public healthcare systems has been discussed.
One of the initiatives that can help to improve the process is Guardtime. The company aspires to create zero-trust systems i.e. systems that can provide a formally verifiable mathematical proof of the correctness of operations. The Estonian and the Emirati governments have used Guardtime to improve service in their healthcare and cybersecurity systems. Of interest, the company also created VaccineGuard, a digital platform connecting vaccine distributors, manufacturers and hospitals. The platform can provide counterfeit vaccine detection by using blockchain to allow easy and secure data sharing between participants. Facilitating communication and data sharing between parties, it will make vaccine distribution more efficient and faster.
These are only a few of the numerous potential advantages of blockchain for health care and vaccination. Blockchain is the future and we all should be paying close attention to new developments and new projects. Share with us the blockchain-based initiative in the healthcare industry that you think is worth implementing in your country.