Blockchain technology, which is most often talked about in connection with cryptocurrencies, has enormous potential to be implemented and used in a variety of different industries. The nature of blockchain technology makes it a great tool to be used in industries such as Healthcare, Real estate, Energy, Logistics, and many others.
Blockchain technology is quite simple to understand. The tech exists as a shared database that is filled with entries that are confirmed as they are entered by peer-to-peer networks and are then encrypted.
The reason why blockchain technology can be a pioneering and successful technology is that it offers an immutable ledger of data that is not reliant on a central authority controlling it. This is one of the biggest attractions towards the technology as no one organization can centrally manage the chain and alter it. Any actions made on the blockchain remains open for all to see.
For this particular reason, blockchain technology can and will be an integral and essential tool for distributing Covind-19 vaccines. Efficiently and trust are two of the most vital things when considering the distribution of a potential COVID vaccine.
How blockchain can help COVID-19 vaccine distribution
A blockchain is a digital record of transactions that, as mentioned above, can not be edited but can be viewed. A blockchain-based supply chain will be a better solution to use as it will instill trust for consumers. The situation of the pandemic has in itself instilled and heightened fears, and so, the safety and reliability of vaccines are essential.
Blockchain will also be useful for supply chain-related issues as the current workforce faces new challenges. If blockchain is used for the supply chain, it would be a private- based, highly controlled environment ensuring the confidence of the highest levels from manufacturers, doctors, and recipients of the vaccines. All involved will be able to verify the vaccine and its distribution every step of the way for safe distribution.
Apart from the security of the technology, joining blockchain and implementing it requires minimalist investment which again makes it a very attractive piece of technology. The only investment needed when joining a blockchain is making sure you have a software that is capable of working with blockchain.
Other technologies that could help fight coronavirus.
When considering the cases of Covid-19, AI has been used and can be used to help detect whether people have the virus. This is done through the detection of visual signs of the virus on images that have been taken from computerized tomography. These include scans such as lung scans, which can monitor, in real-time, changes to body temperature through wearable sensors. Doing so provides an open-source data platform that can help track the spread of the virus. AI also has the ability to process vast amounts of unstructured text data which can predict the number of potentially ne4w cases locations, indications which populations are most at risk.
Over the course of the pandemic, many manufacturers have joined forces and come together to help address supply chain delays and issues, producing new products from their intended products. 3D printing can help with supply chain issues and help to make, at a fast-pace, new types of products needed in today’s world. These include products such as plastic door handle adaptors that make opening doors with elbows possible. Over the pandemic, many 3D printing manufacturers have been producing breathing filters, ventilator valves, mask clasp, and testing kits.
Telehealth technologies give patients the possibility to be seen and diagnosed by doctors and healthcare professionals; remotely. This can be done in real-time via an audiovisual, two-way interactive communication system done on a smart device. By carrying out remote delivery of clinical care services, it offers several crucial advantages. Firstly it allows hospitals to be free of any positive COVID cases, limiting the infection rate, and secondly, it reduces the transmission of the virus, thus reducing the rates. It eliminates the risk of being exposed to the pathogen. Thirdly, as it’s accessible and available anytime, more patients can be seen.