Vnesheconombank and Russian Ministry of Health to launch pilot blockchain projects

Chairman of Vnesheconombank Sergey Gorkov and Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova held a working meeting to discuss the application of the blockchain technology in the public healthcare system. The meeting identified the pilot projects that the Ministry of Health will deliver in the near future in cooperation with Vnesheconombank using blockchain technology.

According to the Health Minister, the Ministry is interested in cooperation with VEB and ready to promptly move on to the development and delivery stages of blockchain projects. Skvortsova pointed out that the Ministry of Health was giving priority to the adoption of digital technologies. She also reminded that only one week prior President Vladimir Putin had signed a law on information technologies in health and medical services. In particular, the law provides for electronic document management and electronic prescriptions, as well as telemedicine services. There are plans to introduce a single patient identification and authentication system of the electronic government and to exchange information via a single interdepartmental electronic liaison system.

“In September, VEB is launching its Centre of Competencies with a focus on blockchain. The Centre will engage in the development of private blockchain using the concerted efforts of the VEB team and an international professional team capable of accomplishing the tasks set by the Ministry of Health. In its turn, the Ministry is to define areas of blockchain application. To ensure greater consistency of work, we invite the Ministry of Health to join the blockchain working group,” said Sergey Gorkov.

In July, the working group chaired by First Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov convened its first meeting over the application of blockchain in public and corporate governance. The objectives of the working group are to coordinate the government agencies’ efforts to introduce blockchain in Russia, to remove obstacles for its promotion, and to develop instruments for its adoption by government agencies.

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