East Africa to Access Blockchain-Based Healthcare Services Through UN Partnership



Last Updated: December 28, 2018 at 10:08 AM EST
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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC, is planning to form a partnership with doc.com, a telemedicine and telepsychology firm that makes use of the blockchain technology in its service delivery, to make basic healthcare services accessible to the people of East Africa.

Amado Philip de Andres, the official representing UNODC through the Regional Representative for Eastern Africa (ROEA), signed and sealed an official letter on Dec 20 in which de Andres expressed that the organization is “willing to cooperate […] in a new partnership.” The blockchain firm, doc.com, provides round-the-clock Healthcare services through its telepsychology and telemedicine platforms and also gives users the opportunity to tokenize their personal data which they can use to access the services.

East Africa to Enjoy Quality Healthcare Services

The partnership with the United Nations has fired up the blockchain firm towards quality service delivery to the African market, and this will take effect in the second quarter of 2019 when the two platforms of the firm will be introduced.

So far, 20 countries have benefited from the services of the firm, and not long ago, the firm set up an office in the United States. The company makes use of an ERC20 compatible token named “MTC” for its Healthcare and data service ecosystem, and this token is currently traded on various crypto exchanges like Coinbene and Kucoin, which are Singapore-based crypto exchanges.

On the website of the company, a statistics detailing the level of use of the company’s services was displayed, and it showed that those who have used the company’s telemedicine services are more than 130,000 while those who have used its telepsychology platform are almost 70,000 in number.

The Expansion Project

Presently, doc.com is making big plans of expansion into the following markets: the US, UK and Asia. These expansion plans are to begin this year with the US being the first. Doc.com expects to widen its reach across more states in the US this year. In the UK, before March 2019, the company plans to introduce its tokenized telemedicine service and then before 2019 ends, the Asian market will be reached as well, beginning with India.

In addition to these expansion plans, the company also has plans to unveil its own mainnet by Q1 2019 which will serve as a replacement for the Ethereum-based ERC20 token system it currently makes use of. By Q2 2019, the company will be unveiling a veterinary service which will be Blockchain-based in the US and the name of the service is “doc Pets.”

A Better World with Blockchain Technology

The blockchain technology has continued to grow in popularity across sectors that operate with very sensitive data like the healthcare sector. In Genomics, initiatives are being taken to make it possible for existing data to be appropriately managed and monetized and also to provide adequate incentives for its generation.

Earlier this month, some major US companies in the healthcare sector came together to form an alliance to find blockchain solutions that would make security and data integrity improved and also to reduce cost.

The UN as an organization has been searching for different applications of the blockchain technology, especially in humanitarian services. First was the use of cryptocurrencies based on the Ethereum blockchain to convey coupons to refugees in Syria. Another attempt was the use of a blockchain digital identity system to fight child trafficking all over the world.