Lagos Blockchain in Health Seminar Report
The blockchain technology is one that comes with endless possibilities. The fusion of blockchain and the health sector will be revolutionary and this is why Jelurida Africa, a blockchain firm based in Lagos with the support of the Nigerian Medical Association organized a one-day seminar yesterday the 7th of december, 2019 to bring together key players in the Health industry, Medical practitioners, Medical students and major stakeholders in the Blockchain technology ecosystem to discuss how the sector can leverage on this new technology to improve the current healthcare system
The event began at exactly 1:30 pm and had about 30 participants in attendance which included student representatives from Lagos State University Medical Students Association (LASUMSA), Lagos state university teaching hospital (Lasuth), The Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos chapter, Dr. Saliu Oseni, and the Secretary Dr Ramon Moronkola.
After the participants briefly exchanged pleasantries, Mr. Chuta Chimezie the founder of Blockchain Nigeria User group opened the floor by speaking extensively on the topic; Blockchain Basics, to ensure that every participant understood the concept of the technology. He took them through the history, meaning, and importance of the technology in various sectors and made them see its relevance in the Health sector.
After this session, the focus of the event moved from understanding the technology itself to how it can be applied in the healthcare industry in order to improve it for the better.
The next speaker at the event Mr. Jude Ozinegbe, COO at Vaultbridge, Cybersecurity expert and Blockchain advocate also spoke about the need for medical facilities to take security measures seriously and employing Blockchain in securing patients health records. He further gave some security tips on how to be security conscious generally.
He narrated some experiences at hospitals and stressed how security measures such as Access control, 2FA systems, and CCTV cameras can go a long way in ensuring security and this in alignment with the Blockchain technology will reduce all forms of Cyberattacks in the healthcare system.
The Managing Director of the Organizing firm – Jelurida Africa, Adebajo Adedayo also spoke about how blockchain can ensure a patient-centric healthcare system pointing out how crowdfunding as a Blockchain feature can be used to raise funds for healthcare projects in the country.
All these that were spoken about would not be implemented if the right policies are not put into place. Kayode Babarinde, Lead Partner at kAYBABS Consults also explained the importance of enforcing the right health policies that will allow the acceptance of technology in the sector. He implored on the executive of the Nigerian Medical Association present to look into this.
To crown the session up, the Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos chapter, Dr. Saliu Oseni also came up to speak about some of the challenges faced by Medical practitioners in the country, he also said that events like this should be organized for the government officials that are at the helm of affairs policymaking. He indulged in Jelurida Africa, the organizing firm to have some of the Blockchain solutions implemented in a chosen medical facility as a way of testing it and recording its success.
He ended his speech by assuring the participants that the Medical practitioners are doing their best in ensuring that the health sector is improved, but the bulk of the work is in the hands of the government. ‘Health is an important part of our lives and it shouldn’t be taken lightly, efforts will continue to be made to ensure that the right policies are put in place and that the sector gets the much-needed attention it deserves from the government,’ he said.
Health is a general concern for everyone, much has to be done in enlightening the public, the government and health policymakers about the impact emerging technologies such as Blockchain will have in the health sector. According to the MD of Jelurida Africa, he said the company plans to extend this seminar to other states.