The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched a blockchain-based platform for storing data related to health and pharmaceutical facilities, healthcare providers, and medication. The project was launched as part of a collaborative effort between MoHAP, Dubai Healthcare City, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and other healthcare authorities.
According to a report from Emirates News Agency, the effort also integrates artificial intelligence into the project, in keeping with the goals outlined in the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
Dr. Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s Public Health Policy and Licenses, noted that the incorporation of AI technology will help to advance the UAE’s healthcare system:
"The transition to the AI technologies is in line with the directives of the wise leadership to make the UAE a leading global model in the proactive confrontation of future challenges and focus on smart health care. The AI-based projects will play a key role in enhancing the capabilities of health care services and providing smart medical solutions, in accordance with the UAE Centennial 2071, and its artificial intelligence strategy."
The system’s reliance on blockchain technology is designed to ensure that the platform has an “unchangeable, decentralized and encrypted database with high-security protection to verify data validity and reliability,” according to Public Health Policy Department Director Dr. Lubna Shaali.
The platform is expected to simplify searches for healthcare facilities, medical and technical personnel, and information about medication. Its backers also expect it to facilitate easier healthcare inspections and even encourage medical tourism.