UAE: Transforming healthcare through blockchain technology

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) aims to be the first blockchain-powered government by 2020. Programs are already being piloted for migrating key government processes, including healthcare records, to the blockchain.

Dubai has invested significantly in transforming its healthcare infrastructure. Blockchain technology is the catalyst set to overhaul the current healthcare system and improve upon its current limitations. The blockchain has the potential to control medical costs, improve quality of care, and enhance the overall health and happiness of Dubai’s residents.

Lessons from Dubai’s blockchain initiative may have far-reaching implications on the work of health actuaries in the UAE and across the world. Actuaries and stakeholders need to consider the downstream effects of a blockchain-powered government and healthcare system.

Milliman’s Julia Kong explains the key features of the blockchain, which could enable stakeholders to overcome existing healthcare challenges, in her paper “Blockchain UAE: Global healthcare implications.”