British hospitals are using blockchain to monitor COVID-19 vaccines

Two British hospitals are using blockchain technology to control the storage and supply of temperature-sensitive COVID-19 vaccines, the companies behind the initiative said Tuesday, in one of the first such initiatives in the world. Two hospitals, in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick in central England, are expanding their use of a distributed ledger, a branch of the blockchain, from monitoring of vaccines and chemotherapy drugs to monitor the refrigerators that store COVID-19 vaccines.

The technology will strengthen record keeping and data sharing across supply chains, said Everyware, which monitors vaccines and other treatments for the British National Health Service (NHS), and Texas-based Hedera registry, owned of companies including Google and IBM of Alphabet, in a statement. Logistical obstacles pose a significant risk to the rapid distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, but have led to a boom in business for companies selling shipment tracking technology from factory blower freezer in the arm.

Shots from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, for example, must be shipped and stored in extremely cold temperatures or on dry ice and can only last in standard refrigerator temperatures for up to five days. Other vaccines, such as Moderna Inc, do not need such a cold room and are therefore easier to deliver.

“We can absolutely verify the data we have collected from every single device, “Tom Screen of Everyware said in an interview.” We make sure the data is accurate at source and after that point we can verify that it has never been modified, has never been tampered with. ” from finance to commodities has invested millions of dollars to develop blockchain, a digital ledger that enables secure, real-time recording of data, in the hopes of radical cost cuts and efficiency gains.

The results have been mixed, however, with few projects achieving the groundbreaking impact announced by backers. Everyware’s screen said that while it would be possible to monitor vaccines without blockchains, manual systems would increase the risk of errors.

The system “will enable us to demonstrate our commitment to providing safe patient care,” said Steve Clarke, head of electromedical engineering at South Warwickshire NHS in a statement.

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News Highlights:

  • Two hospitals, in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick in central England, are expanding their use of a distributed ledger, a branch of the blockchain, from monitoring of vaccines and chemotherapy drugs to monitor the refrigerators that store COVID-19 vaccines. The technology will strengthen record keeping and data sharing across supply chains, said Everyware, which monitors vaccines and other treatments for the British National Health Service (NHS), and Texas-based Hedera registry, owned of companies including Google and IBM of Alphabet, in a statement.
  • British hospitals are using blockchain to monitor COVID-19 vaccines