The U.S. military continues to explore blockchain technology to improve operations. In May, the US Navy signed a $ 1.5 million contract with Consensus Networks to develop a blockchain-driven logistics system called HealthNet. The project, based on the IoTeX blockchain focused on the Internet of Things, is half-finished with trial days planned for early 2022.
Consensus Networks aims to provide real-time monitoring and logistics to nearly 700,000 sailors and Marines through the HealthNet platform, according to information provided to Cointelegraph. The developer chose the IoTex blockchain to meet the Navy’s requirements for safety and scalability.
The project is 50% complete and the US Navy is pleased with the progress made, according to Nathan Miller, CEO and founder of Consensus Networks. He added that the Navy “will interact with other partners interested in blockchain-based HealthNet.”
Pilot programs to improve outdated and inefficient systems include medical logistics, pharmaceutical demand, forecasting demand for blood products and the supply of prostheses and medical equipment.
Miller predicted that the medical industry is preparing to update its systems with blockchain-based solutions, adding:
“It’s hard to believe that today’s automakers like Ford have a better network to keep their cars healthy in the store or on the road than the medical sector network to monitor and maintain people’s health.”
Miller emphasized that HealthNet is not an exclusive project from the Navy. This will help healthcare professionals use an integrated data environment and interface to track healthcare professionals from manufacturer to patient to reduce delivery times and waste.
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“For nursing homes, for example, it would be great to help them get better care without getting behind the wheel or moving to a medical facility,” Miller explained. “The system will help track their health, predict and address their needs so they do not have to visit clinics.”
The US military has previously experimented with blockchain technology. The Air Force was one of the first divisions to sign a contract with a blockchain start-up. The US Navy then allocated $ 10 million to Simba Chain to develop a secure messaging platform. In 2021, Simba received an additional $ 1.5 million to create a blockchain-based solution to determine the demand for critical parts of military weapons.