Nonprofit Chinese Blockchain Consortium FISCO BCOS reports that blockchain-based medical records have enabled China to resume tourism to mainland Macau.
Since May, Macau’s blockchain-based health data system has been recognizing identification codes for the health system in Guangdong province, allowing mainland Chinese tourists to verify their health using a DLT-based system as they enter the autonomous region.
So far, more than 17 million tourists have cleared customs between Macau and mainland China using Macau’s medical code blockchain. The announcement says that in mainland China, it takes only 100 seconds to generate a health status code in Guangdong for the first time, and about three seconds for a future health check during customs clearance:
“The creation of Macao’s blockchain status code and mutual recognition mechanism with health status code in Guangdong improves the efficiency and accuracy of international information verification. This has proven to be an effective solution to normalize travel between China and Macau.”
The system encrypts medical data in the FISCO BCOS blockchain, which is always signed by the issuing authorities. WeChat’s WeIdentity solution is used to transfer data between Macau and Guangdong in accordance with Macau’s data protection rules.
The health code system was introduced in Macau in response to the coronavirus epidemic, which stopped travel from mainland China in January.
The blockchain-based digital health pass was developed by Singapore-based government investment firm SGInnovate and local startup Accredify. Companies began working on the system in May to improve the workflow of health professionals fighting the epidemic.
At the end of September, it was announced that the system would be used to control coronavirus emissions more than 1.5 million times.
Local media reported last week that the Chinese island province of Hainan is also trying to test a blockchain-based rewards program to encourage tourism when the Chinese economy recovers. Last year, Hainan was chosen to host a regulatory hedge fund for blockchain innovation.