The US military continues to research blockchain technology to improve its operations. In May, the US Navy signed a $1.5 million contract with Consensus Networks to develop a blockchain-enabled logistics system called HealthNet. The project, built on the IoTeX blockchain focused on the Internet of Things, is half-finished, given the days of a pilot project planned for early 2022.

According to information provided to Cointelegraph, Consensus Networks is committed to providing real-time monitoring and logistics to nearly 700,000 sailors and Marines through the HealthNet platform. The developer chose the IoTex blockchain to meet the requirements of offshore and scalability.

Nathan Miller, CEO and founder of Consensus Networks, said the project is 50% complete and the US Navy is pleased with its progress. He added that the Navy “will be participating alongside other partners interested in the blockchain-based HealthNet.”

Pilot programs to improve legacy and ineffective systems include medical logistics, drug demand, blood product demand forecasting, and the supply of prosthetics and medical equipment.

Miller predicted that the medical industry is preparing to modernize its systems with blockchain-based solutions, adding:

“It’s hard to believe that car manufacturers like Ford today have a better network to keep their cars running in the store or on the road than the medical sector to monitor and protect people’s health.”
“HealthNet is not an exclusively marine project,” Miller said. This will help healthcare providers use an integrated data environment and interface to track healthcare providers from manufacturer to patient to reduce delivery time and waste.

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“For example, it would be great for nursing homes to help them take better care of them without getting behind the wheel or going to the hospital,” Miller explained. “The system will help track their health and predict and triage their needs so they don’t have to visit clinics.”

The US military has previously experimented with blockchain technology. The Air Force was one of the first divisions to contract a blockchain startup. The US Navy then donated $10 million to Simba Chain to develop a secure messaging platform. In 2021, Simba received an additional $1.5 million to create a blockchain-based solution that will increase demand for critical military weapons parts.

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