By Staff writer
Telecoms operator says to use new technology to allow hospitals to instantly share, verify electronic health records
Dubai-based telecoms operator du has announced plans to revolutionise healthcare in the UAE using pioneering blockchain technology.
According to news agency WAM, du’s pilot project will introduce a safer common system for instantly sharing and verifying electronic health records between hospitals and clinics.
In a presentation at the Keynote Blockchain Technology Conference in Dubai, du explained how it plans to replace the lengthy existing manual process with a system that can transfer, and automatically verify, patient records in seconds.
The medical record-sharing process used prior to this technology was both lengthy and cumbersome, and prone to human error, du said in a statement.
It added that for hospitals and clinics, the new service introduces a more efficient method of treating patients, saving resources and saving costs.
The initiative is one of the first to come from the Global Blockchain Council, led by the Dubai Future Foundation, as part of Dubai’s Future agenda that was approved by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said: "We are following our leadership’s directive to put plans into action through the Future Agenda. Blockchain is a technology that can make transactions and transfers safer and faster.
"du has always been on the forefront of supporting innovation in the UAE. In this pilot, du will be taking the healthcare sector in UAE a step closer to having smarter services. We are very proud of this initiative, which will be prototyped in Dubai."