Blockchain transforms antenatal care in Tanzania
In a significant milestone for mobile technology and healthcare access, the first baby “born on the blockchain” is due to be delivered in Tanzania.
The announcement comes after a trial-initiative called Chain of Trust (CoT) has been monitoring digitally guided pregnancies through blockchain technology.
Both organizations have partnered with the Tanzanian healthcare system to trial the innovative project.
Launched on April 25th, the CoT project is already providing evidence leading to informed decision making. It tracks the journey of pregnant women from their first hospital visit at 16 weeks, monitors their antenatal care throughout, the delivery, and subsequent postnatal care at the trial clinic.
The PharmAccess mission to improve access to healthcare throughout Africa is complemented by AID:Tech’s pioneering use of Digital Identity and Blockchain technology to revolutionize how governments, enterprises and NGOs deliver digital entitlements.
Commenting on the announcement, Monique Dolfing, CEO of PharmAccess said, “As an organization we are dedicated to using technological innovation to provide access to better healthcare for as many people in Africa as possible. Our partnership with AID:Tech allows us to address the challenges associated with current practices while improving the lives of the patients. This project demonstrates a transparent, innovative, performance-based financing model for healthcare.” Niall Dennehy, COO of AID:Tech said: “From a lack of healthcare funding to high child and maternal mortality rates, there are a number of challenges present within the healthcare system in Tanzania, all of which can and will be combated. By utilizing AID:Tech’s Blockchain platform we are facilitating the collection, identification, and verification of digital health data to make women’s antenatal care a far safer and effective process. All the time protecting the women’s data and allowing them to have full control of their health records.”
In addition, PharmAccess and AID:Tech can ensure that patients will receive their medical entitlements in an efficient and transparent way, as well as supporting the care provider with tools to gather data quickly on the information of each patient’s journey and manage appointments.
Ultimately, the CoT project aims to provide a proof-of-concept for the efficacy of blockchain technology in assembling, tagging and verifying digital health data.
Tomorrow, PharmAccess will host a panel at the European Development Days on ‘’technologies that transform healthcare and empower people’’.