Mexican medical firm launches blockchain-based covid test certificates
MDS Mexico, a medical services firm, has recently launched a blockchain-powered rapid COVID-19 testing service where the technology would help verify results.
An October 17 news report from the local media outfit iProUP news has reported that MDS Mexico has launched a blockchain-backed digital platform that would let patients access their medical tests and results updated in real-time.
Additionally, the results would also be physically delivered, with the help of a QR code that can be scanned for verification of the patient’s vaccination history on MDS Mexico’s blockchain.
MDS was noted saying that it has adopted the blockchain for safeguarding results of clinical tests, protecting patients’ highly private medical data, and for preventing the falsification of covid test results.
Further, MDS’s website maintains that the step has been taken particularly “to avoid the falsification of negative results.” The faculty has begun to certify the SARS-CoV-2 detection tests with the assistance of blockchain technology and cryptographic signature, both of which would increase security, thus helping protect the information in “an immutable and unalterable QR Code that can be verified worldwide.”
The test results that would be uploaded to the MDS blockchain would also include the doctor’s cryptographic signature, who had initially verified the results of the tests.
MDS, however, is not the first company in Mexico to embark on the blockchain journey for digitized COVID test results. In April 2021, the National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) of Mexico had also announced a state-backed initiative wherein it would digitize vaccination passports in collaboration with private blockchain technology firm Xertify.
In August 2021, blockchain industry representatives from Australia similarly pushed for the inclusion of a blockchain-based vaccine registry for stemming the proliferation of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine passports online.