COVID-19 Boosts Interest in Healthcare and Medical Blockchain Applications

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By Michela Menting | 2Q 2020 | IN-5795


WHO Sets up Data Sharing Platform with Tech Giants


The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the MiPasa blockchain platform, built on the Hyperledger Fabric, which aims to share data and other relevant information related to COVID-19 with appropriate parties, including individuals, state authorities, and health institutions such as hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). The platform will take the form of a permissioned ledger that can securely share information about carriers (while preserving privacy) and infection hotspots through a crowdsourced data-gathering process.

MiPasa has been developed in collaboration with IBM (it is leveraging the IBM Blockchain Platform and is hosted on the IBM Cloud), Microsoft and Oracle (the latter two providing data analytics and cloud support), and Hacera (which provides the onboarding processes through is Unbounded Network). MiPasa further benefits from the support of various institutions and agencies that provide data, including the Hong Kong Department of Health; Johns Hopkins University; the Government of Canada; the U.S., E.U., and Chinese Centers for …

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