Brazil has set the record of being the first country in the world to issue blockchain-based birth certificates. A report revealed this news on September 1 noting that the issuance of these birth certificates does not involve a registry office.
According to the report, a child named Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça was among the first children to receive these certificates. Mendonça’s parents got an invite to take part in this project, which is the work of a startup dubbed Growth Tech and IBM.
Waldyr Mendonça Junior, the father, noted that the blockchain had helped speed up the process of registering his newborn child.
He noted that,
It took me less than five minutes to register,
Revolutionizing the Birth Registration Process
Growth Tech’s Notary Ledgers Platform enabled this process. Hugo Pierre, the firm’s founder said that the startup aims to create a new solution that would increase the efficiency of recording birth certificates.
IBM’s Blockchain leader in Latin America, Carlos Rischioto, unveiled that this process has three steps. These are,
- The hospital issuing a Live Birth Statement
- Parents creating a digital identity on the platform and adding certified data and photos
- Sending this data to a registry (hospital partner) to finalize the certificate. Upon completion, the registry sends the certificate back to the parents.
According to Rischioto, this solution aims to end the challenges faced while recording births. On top of this, it seeks to increase efficiency and transparency in this process.
The Blockchain Continues Gaining Adoption in the Medical Space
This news comes as the blockchain continues gaining use cases in the medical space. In April this year, Gil Medical Center, a South Korean hospital unveiled that it had joined hands with two firms in a blockchain deal. These firms are Longenesis and Insilico Medicine.
This deal sought to create a blockchain-powered health data management solution. According to the hospital, this solution would enhance data collection. Also, it would improve medical research processes. Apart from this, it would ensure transparent management of patient consent. Furthermore, Gil Medical Center unveiled this platform would let patients control and access their data.
Before Mendonça, there was another case of a parent recording their child on the blockchain. In the past year, Edson Neto, a Brazilian crypto and blockchain enthusiast recorded the birth of his daughter on the Decred blockchain.
Commenting on this move, Neto said,
As an enthusiast of technology, my goal was to show the people the other applications of technology, which goes beyond cryptocurrencies.
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