Nokia look at how blockchain will transform the management of health data

By Catherine Sturman
In a bid to give patients greater control over the management of their healthcare, Nokia are looking at ways in which blockchain can make this a reality...

In a bid to give patients greater control over the management of their healthcare, Nokia are looking at ways in which blockchain can make this a reality. A recent blog has highlighted the company’s ambitions to bring a multitude of advantages to patients and provide a system which is not only secure, but enable the development of a new global healthcare platform, transforming the traditional industry.

Undertaking a pilot with Finnish company OP Financial Group, Nokia will work “to explore new opportunities in the rising field of Digital Health, with the aim of giving people more control over their personal health data – how it is shared, who can access it, and how it can be used – with a focus on privacy and security offered by blockchain technologies.”

Similarly to platforms such as WhatsApp, the technology will have encryption embedded to enable enhanced security, and guarantee that the information which is being received is from an authenticated device.

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Incorporating 100 participants, the new pilot programme will see users utilise Nokia wearable devices and build a number of healthcare models. Rewards will be automatically applied by OP towards users who reach their fitness goals.

Kristian Luoma, Head of OP Lab at OP Financial Group, said: “We’re excited about the collaboration with Nokia. It is great to see Blockchain applied to something that needs trust, like in this our pilot we’re joining forces. This pilot is quite literally a prime example of the technologies we’ll use in the future, combined innovatively to create value.”

Through developing innovative technologies and services, Nokia will continue to provide devices to connect with local communities and build bespoke, exceptional health solutions for its users.

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