A new blockchain-based application from IBM aims to help people around the world return to physical confrontation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
IBM Watson Health, the health arm of technology giant IBM, has launched the IBM Digital Health Pass, a blockchain-based application designed to support global organizations and businesses that are reopening after months of downtime.
IBM Watson said the new app can publish multiple types of data, such as COVID-19 test results and on-site temperature scanning to create a verified state of health. IBM officials said the app’s ability to check health status allows people to safely access public websites such as stadiums, planes, museums or theme parks.
Eric Piscini, VP of Blockchain at IBM Watson Health, confirmed that the IBM Digital Health Pass maintains privacy as a core function. According to the CEO, the app will allow users to share an approved health authorization without revealing any of the underlying data that was used to create it:
“We believe that trust and openness are extremely important when developing a platform such as a digital health pass or a solution that handles sensitive personal information, and we are committed to this philosophy as we continue to create solutions to help organizations in today’s environment. public health. a crisis. ”
This is not the first time the IBM blockchain has been used to help people cope with COVID-19. Earlier this year, IBM also launched IBM Rapid Provider Connect, a cloud-based application that uses blockchain to help coronavirus providers with customers.