UK hospitals use blockchain to monitor storage of Covid-19 vaccines

News / 21.01.2021

Hospitals in the UK are using the Hedera Hashgragh  (HBAR) network to monitor coronavirus vaccines’ cold chain. This is a major milestone as wider rollout to National Health Service (NHS) hospitals is planned as vaccine distribution progresses.

Blockchain offers effective tracking of Covid-19 Vaccines supply chain

Public hospitals in the UK are monitoring the storage of coronavirus vaccines with distributed ledger technology.  The solution was developed by the company Everyware in collaboration with Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR).

Covid-19 vaccines must be kept at certain temperatures to maintain their effectiveness. Pfizer’s vaccine, which is the major supplier for the UK, must be stored between -80 and -60 degrees.  The vaccines must not be opened during that period and between 2 to 8 degrees for five days in vaccination centers.

The solution offered by Everyware allows hospitals to monitor and track the temperature of rooms and storage equipment. Also, information can be shared with other parts of the vaccine distribution chain.  This technology is already in use for some drugs and medical supplies that require specific storage temperatures. The first establishments to adopt this technology are the hospitals of Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick. A wider rollout is planned as vaccine distribution is still in progress.

Speaking on the development, Mance Harmon, Hedera founder, explained how the network offers an effective solution for monitoring the supply chain. “Hedera makes it convenient and cost-effective for organizations to benefit from the transparency of distributed ledgers. He said.

Tom Screen, CTO of Everyware, had similar sentiments and highlighted the immutability of blockchain technology. “We make sure the data is correct at the source, then we can verify that it has never been changed, that it has never been altered.”

Blockchain and Covid-19

Blockchain technology has increasingly become an important technology deployed in recent months. Governments and medical organizations have begun to transfer the medical database to a decentralized network. This is because data stored on the blockchain cannot be easily modified and accessed anywhere, unlike the traditional health system.

Some cities have also begun to issue blockchain-based certificates to citizens that take the vaccine. These certificates ensure that medical and governmental organizations can ascertain that the person was indeed vaccinated.

Olowoporoku Adeniyi is a blockchain enthusiast and crypto evangelist. Currently he loves all things crypto and covers happenings within the blockchain space.