NHS uses blockchain technology to monitor vaccines

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After a quiet year, there appears to be a lot of talk about Blockchain technology and how it can be harnessed to solve some of the world’s trickiest logistical problems.

CityAM reports this morning that the technology has been deployed by two NHS hospitals to track the implementation of Covid-19 vaccines.

In what is being billed as a world-first, Stratford-upon Avon and Warwick hospitals have expanded their use of a distributed ledger, a major element of blockchain, to track vaccines in storage fridges.

Monitoring the vaccine’s temperature is paramount as they need to be kept well below freezing in order to prevent spoiling, so accurate monitoring is essential.

 Digital asset tracking company Everyware and ledger provider Hedera Hashgraph are working to strengthen record-keeping and data-sharing across the supply chains, but they also plan a wider rollout of the new technology as vaccine distribution progresses.

“As we begin to prepare the roll out of these new COVID-19 vaccines, with the specific temperature requirements, we recognize the importance of utilizing their same tracking and monitoring capabilities,” said Steve Clarke, electro biomedical engineering manager at South Warwickshire NHS, in the announcement.



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