In an era of unique collection and monitoring of health data, Singapore is turning to blockchain technology to create the infrastructure that can make it work.

State-owned investment firm SGInnovate and Singapore-based startup Accredify have developed a new blockchain-based digital health pass, according to a September 30 report.

Development of an application that allows you to store personal medical data in a secure digital blockchain wallet began in May.

Successful testing in July showed the app was able to process and validate digital medical records, including COVID-19 release notes, smear results, immunity and vaccination data, more than 1.5 million times.

For the pilot, the Health Passport app was introduced as a new feature in the FWMOMCARE app of the Singapore Ministry of Human Resources. The latter is a mobile app launched in May to help track and report on the daily health status of migrant workers during the pandemic.

SGInnovate is funded by the Singapore Ministry of Finance and has a documented experience of participation in the blockchain field.

The Digital Health Pass application was built on the Open Attestation platform, an open source document documenting framework using blockchain developed by the Singapore government’s CIO, GovTech.

“When the epidemic tested the healthcare sector in Singapore, we identified a gap in the management of large-scale medical records,” said Simon Jordan, SGInnovates deputy director of technical affairs. He added, “We wanted to create a fast solution that provides a secure authentication process.”

In a joint statement from SGInnovate and Accredigy, it says the app will eliminate dependence on paper documents that can be lost or tampered with. SGInnovate explained:

“Digital Health Passport uses blockchain technology to create tamper-proof encryption for every medical document. Users can automatically verify digital records through the mobile app and present them to administrators via a QR code for a fast and seamless verification process. ”

The company highlighted the biggest benefits of blockchain technology in health data as it provides greater transparency, security, and privacy when dealing with sensitive documents.

As previously reported, many companies and organizations around the world are exploring blockchain solutions for digital health and digital identity management in an attempt to open up their economies during the pandemic.

Source: CoinTelegraph

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