PharmAccess, AID:Tech to revolutionize antenatal care in Tanzania via DLT
PharmAccess Foundation, the group committed to bettering access to healthcare all over Africa, and AID:Tech; the firm that utilizes blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) and digital identity to transform how NGOs, corporations and governments deliver digital entitlements; have announced an ongoing partnership.
The partnership, which aims to drastically improve antenatal care in Tanzania through blockchain technology, has been running a project known as Chain of Trust (CoT) since April 25. The CoT enterprise has been supervising digitally guided pregnancies via DLT in the African nation.
AID:Tech COO Niall Dennehy said in a press release CoinReport received from AID:Tech’s PR agency, Wachsman, “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.”
PharmAccess CEO Monique Dolfing commented, “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.”
The CoT initiative is already offering proof resulting in informed decision making. It follows the journey of expectant mothers from their first hospital visit at 16 weeks, supervises their antenatal care throughout, the delivery and the following postnatal care at the trial clinic. Moreover, both the companies running the project are able to make sure patients get their medical entitlements transparently and efficiently, in addition to providing the care provider with tools to collect data fast on the information of every patient’s journey and handle appointments. In the due course, the enterprise intends to offer a proof-of-concept for the value of DLT in gathering, labeling and confirming digital health data.
AID:Tech, which was founded in 2014, became the world’s first firm to provide international aid using DLT when in 2015-2016, in a ground-breaking project in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon, it used its platform to deliver aid to Syrian refugees in a transparent manner. The company’s platform allows for entitlements like healthcare, remittances, welfare, donations and aid to be digitized and transparently delivered via DLT.
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