The COVID-19 outbreak has killed millions, strained the global healthcare system, left the world economy suffering and inevitably changed how people live. It has been a year since the pandemic began; but it is still far from over. Various mutations of the virus make it more contagious and the symptoms worse than ever and countries like India are experiencing a deadlier second wave. It is clear that the world has yet to beat the virus.
Vaccination is key to surviving COVID-19 as studies show that it protects vaccinated people from experiencing the worst symptoms of the virus that eventually lead to death. This is why national governments have been frantically vaccinating their citizens. However, supplies have run short and keeping track of vaccinations is not an easy task—what with most vaccines coming in two doses that have to be administered within a specific period of time.
By recording all vaccines on blockchain, the issue about vaccination monitoring, whether for small counties, cities, states or even countries, is resolved. This is the goal of VXpass, a digital verification application built on the Bitcoin SV blockchain that lets individuals, providers and manufacturers monitor and control vaccinations, introduced during one of the most recent Bitcoin SV Virtual Meetups. VXpass is convenient and easy to use as it can be installed on mobile phones and laptops.
“On arrival, they’ll show up at the nursing station or go to the exam room or drive through the line and provide their ID to the practitioner or provider simply by scanning just [the QR code]. The provider application has gone and checked the blockchain and sees that for this patient, even though the data was created by another medical practitioner, we can verify that they’ve received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine [for example] and they’re within the window of receiving the second vaccine, VXpass founder Zachary Weiner said in a demo video.
With healthcare on blockchain in place, keeping track of vaccinations is not a problem anymore. Blockchain technology affords VXpass immutability, transparency, security and integrity of data, as well as big data and microtransactions, so it can even be used by entire countries no matter how big their population is. “More importantly, mass vaccination centres did not need to communicate with one another in order for the patient to complete the protocol.” VXpass automatically updates vaccine information in near real time.
“At this point, the patient now owns all of their data, the doctors or practitioners were able to verify and validate what was necessary for them to take the next steps in the protocol without having to communicate with one another. There was no calls between the front desks and there was no need for systems integration. And now that the data is written to chain, the provider application has gone and checked for this patient what the status is…. And now the protocol is complete,” Weiner explained.
VXpass adds another revolutionary feature to its application—and that is ownership of data. Because users own their data, they can access it anytime and submit it to medical institutions or any kind of organization that needs to verify their vaccination records. Giving back ownership of data to patients is an advocacy that Bitcoin SV is helping realize through healthcare on blockchain.