Posted 1 year ago | by Ben Armstrong

Monitoring Blockchain to Protect Non-Infected Community During Pandemic

As the number of global deaths from COVID-19 is climbing, many nations are looking for solutions the mounting problems. Blockchain is being employed to help track people who have become ill, and also people who may be free from the novel virus.

Several countries have encouraged working-from-home systems for employees, and schools are totally closed in many cities around the world. The aim is to curb the spread of COVID-19.

While many countries have closed their borders and implemented travel restrictions to slow down the rate of the spread, new cases keep climbing in many areas. Governments also have adopted new tech-based solutions which emerged to help in detecting and recording new cases, some of which are based in blockchain.

Blockchain is a Great Record Keeping System

Previously, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that the fight against the new virus has highlighted the need for a better governance mechanism and suggested adopting blockchain technology into the existing system, which could help to gain wider insights into social circumstances.

The Public Health Blockchain Consortium or PHBC has created a monitoring blockchain that will help to identify communities and workplaces that have not suffered from COVID-19, as well as other viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

The Consortium is comprised of health authorities, universities, healthcare providers, and innovators who are responsible for collecting and archiving anonymous health data on the blockchain, in the pursuit of in improving lives for people.

Needle in A Haystack

The new blockchain monitoring platform will help to define where there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19, called safe zones by the consortium.

Data will be saved and updated in real-time by using blockchain technology. The information will be received from surveillance providers, who use a combination of technologies which include artificial intelligence (AI) and geographical information systems.

Ayon Hazra, who is the CEO of Qlikchain and administrator for the PHBC, explained that the method could help people to restrict access, and maintain social distancing policies.

From Hazra:

“Communities and workplaces can maintain such safe zone status if they restrict access to anonymously identified persons and only allow movement to and from other safe zones. This method enables communities and workplaces to effectively protect uninfected persons.”

The blockchain monitor also can track the protection certificates offered by the regulatory authorities to workplaces and communities, and also single out an individual in the safe zone who has possibly been in one of the infected areas.

In the context of a pandemic, these technologies are welcome. However, they are potentially dangerous to human rights, and should be treated with care.