Thailand Healthcare Blockchain Platform to be Built by National Health Security Office, National Telecommunications & Bitkub
Thailand’s National Health Security Office, National Telecommunications Public Co., and Bitkub World Tech have joined together to create an universal healthcare system that connects all of the nation’s medical services.
The entities inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday for a venture in which they would collaboratively explore, trial, and create newer digital technologies in database linking with the goal of even more digitizing Thailand’s healthcare system.
The NHSO, which oversees the nation’s national healthcare insurance framework, will offer data, guidelines, and rules linked to the advancement of the health platform, while NT, a government telecom company, will offer telecommunication and IT infrastructures including internet network services, 4G and 5G networks, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and data centers.
In the meantime, Bitkub World Tech, a joint effort between crypto currency Bitkub and the Thongtang Group, will assist in the development of digital health IDs as well as the blockchain-based health network. According to reports, the use of blockchain technology will allow for the validation and security of patient data.
After completing the merging of various health databases, including the one comprising migrant workers from neighboring countries, the national health system is expected to be implemented by the end of 2022. The Thai government plans to upgrade the effectiveness of public health services in the nation by employing contemporary technology to link and combine health data effectively and comprehensively, according to Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and minister of public health.
He claims that doing so will need collaboration between the public and commercial sectors. The national health system is intended to promote access to medical care for all people, and also the advancement of telemedicine. Patients may use the platform to schedule meeting, verify their insurance coverage, and get reimbursement.
In 2021, five public and private sector groups teamed together to embark on a project to develop a 5G-driven smart medical data and comprehensive platform. The Thailand Health Data Space 5G venture is the initial stage of the country’s Big Data Health Information network, which includes big data framework, a countrywide hospital network data platform, and a chain of health‐care apps.
In 2021, NT was also a member of a public-private collaboration that developed the BKK HI Care telemedicine system for tracking COVID-19 patients with moderate indications at residence and in local isolation centers. Huawei Thailand and the Department of Medical Services inked an MOU in September 2021 to introduce 5G technology to two public hospitals, namely the National Cancer Institute and Rajavithi Hospital.