China’s IT ministry concerned about data protection at first „Blockchain hospital“

Chinas IT-Ministerium hat bei „Blockchain-Krankenhaus“ noch einige Bedenken.

China’s first „Blockchain hospital“ is scheduled to start operations in 2021, but some members of the government are now expressing concerns about data protection.

According to Cn-Healthcare, the First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University plans to start a pilot programme in January 2021. The block chain technology will be used to store patient and treatment data.

Among other things, the blockchain platform used will enable patients to access a so-called „internet hospital“ via the WeChat app, which is very popular in China. One of the programme’s goals is to make administrative processes increasingly contactless, which is all the more important in view of the ongoing corona crisis.

However, several members of the Chinese Ministry of Information Technology have concerns about the security of the Blockchain application and also see data protection at risk.

Niu Tie, the director of the hospital, replied:

„Our IT department is under heavy pressure from the government. However, as one of the leading hospitals in our region, we can assure you that we made our decisions with all due caution. Moreover, the regulations on data protection are very strict anyway. The IT ministry has reviewed our Blockchain application in terms of data security and has also provided guidelines for development“.

According to Niu, the ministry has made it a condition that data can be verified and that it can be securely stored, transferred and accessed.

The ministry’s concerns may well be due to the fact that patient and treatment data are stored on WeChat’s block chain network. The hospital management and the Ministry of IT will now discuss further how best to ensure security and privacy.

China is actually known as a surveillance state, which makes the government’s current concerns contradictory and almost beyond belief.

However, the „Middle Kingdom“ is very sympathetic to block chain technology, as Chinese companies are said to have filed more than half of all block chain patents worldwide in 2020 alone. Even China’s president Xi Jinping has already praised the technology in public.