Following the constant development of the blockchain and its potential to bring about major change in transactions around the world, its advancement has spread across different industries all around the world. Healthcare services is one sector that’s highly predicted to have a major boost as a result of this tech. Africa isn’t left out in this prediction as seen during a panel discussion on the “State of Digital Health in Africa” during the Transform Africa Summit 2018 that took place in Kigali.
“I believe in [the blockchain] simply because digital health is, generally, a value chain. In terms of a trust model, a model that guarantees trust in the cyber space, the traditional approaches were not fully efficient to provide transparency and privacy. These two elements are the key advantages of blockchain. Blockchain will completely revolutionise digital healthcare in Africa.” Says Dr. Mohamed Hamdi, a Tunisian cyber security expert who heads the north African country’s Innovation Centre. He further said that the blockchain can boost healthcare provision services on the continent.
Patrick Ndimubanzi, Rwanda’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, in sharing Rwanda’s best practices, said:
“What we have done for the last 10 to 20 years is to understand that ICT and digital healthcare can make a huge difference in healthcare.”