The young Californian company Transcrypts reveals its partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to store, initially, vaccination records on the blockchain. However, Transcrypts wants to go further to save hundreds of thousands, even millions of lives, thanks to the possibilities offered by blockchain in terms of facilitating access to medical records in emerging countries.
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On November 11, 2021, Transcrypts, a company that specializes in securing documents using blockchain, announced at a press conference a partnership with Doctors Without Borders. The collaboration began on October 14, 2021 and has already seen 6,500 vaccination records, including those on covid-19, uploaded to the blockchain. The goal is to import 76,000 by 2022.
In the long term, Transcrypts wants to store not only vaccination records, but all patient medical records on the blockchain. Patients will be able to access them via their phones.
Transcrypts CEO Zain Zaidi highlighted the benefits of partnering with Doctors Without Borders to prevent many unnecessary deaths in emerging countries:
“In India, more than 700,000 people die each year due to lack of access to patient medical records. The majority of these deaths could have been prevented if doctors had access to complete patient medical records. Through this partnership, Doctors Without Borders and Transcrypts hope to build a future where these losses of life can be limited.”
Documents on the blockchain thanks to Transcrypts: from hunting down fraudulent resumes to medical records
Transcrypts takes its first steps into the medical world through this partnership with Doctors Without Borders. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other legal provisions previously did not allow the use of blockchain to store medical records in the United States.
Transcrypts took its first steps into the human resources management space as a resume fraud tool. It later moved into income verification for homeowners. Today, the company describes itself as a comprehensive documentation service leveraging the blockchain.
Transcrypts isn’t the only player to jump on this bandwagon of storing vaccination data on the blockchain. VeChain (VET) has also been used to store part of the immunization passport for residents of the Republic of San Marino.