The urgency to inject as many UK residents as possible with the COVID vaccine is a top priority for the UK government. Administering so many vaccines as quickly as possible and reaching to as many people as they can, is both an administration and logistical hurdle for the health sector. In response to this, a new trial is taking place within the NHS hospital’s Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick, whereby the blockchain network is the pillar behind it.
“Blockchain technology could allow the NHS to distribute and deliver the vaccines across the country more safely and with less chance of life-threatening mistakes”, say’s digit.fyi – Covid-19 Vaccine Storage Using Blockchain in UK Hospitals in World First
With a variety of vaccines now on the market, each brand requires different conditions in which to store and transport them. Furthermore, health departments need to work together to ensure that the programme is rolled out successfully across the country. This means that the NHS and local doctor’s practices need to come together to ensure that everyone is vaccinated.
Previously, health clinics and hospitals would have operated by using their own individual administration systems, which in some cases meant still using paper notes, now there is a greater need for a more centralised system. Paper based systems can be open to human error for several reasons – Patient information may not be written within the correct section of the notes, the notes may get lost in transition, notes between NHS and GP’s can have a delay in communication, individual NHS organisations and even departments don’t have the facility to access information between one another.
By storing information on the blockchain network, the new digital facility could meet this need and also advance the medical profession for the future. Using blockchain can eliminate lots of these factors and in turn provide a better and more accessible information environment.
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