Finnish giant Nokia has announced a pilot project on the blockchain, is aimed at developing new ways of storing medical data.
In a press release on its website Nokia announced the launch of the project with OP Financial Group. One hundred people take part in the testing, which will allow them to learn how they can store and share their medical data, and also to maintain their confidentiality.
According to Nokia, the company chose the technology of the blockchain because of the protection it offers. The software allows the company to control access to collected data, providing access to only verified members. Nokia explains:
«Although the value of connected health is widely recognized, often such a system is difficult to implement fully because of problems related to the authenticity, accessibility and confidentiality of data. The trust requires that health information was useful to individuals, families and society as a whole.»
The program uses a wearable device to track the number of steps and hours of sleep, keeping the data in the blockchain. The obtained results are compared with the fitness goals of users. Those who reach their goals or show significant progress in achieving them, get loyalty points depending on their participation in the pilot project.
Nokia stated that this program is able to help in the development of «understanding global health challenges» — provided that users trust the system.
Head of the laboratory of OP Financial, Kristian Luoma (Luoma Kristian), has noted that the pilot programme is an example of how the blockchain can be used in health programs in the future, especially in relation to applications that require trust from the users.
Nokia became one of the many technology companies that have joined the Hyperledger project under the Linux Foundation at the end of 2016.