Blockchain In Drug Procurement At Hospitals

Next year, central and state government hospitals may be able to get an assurance of the authenticity and quality of medicines procured in big numbers using the Government e-Marketplace (GeM). This happened because the portal provides blockchain in drug procurement at hospitals. Medicines can be traced from the point of supply to their final customer, according to the chief executive officer.

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“We have successfully tested this in a Proof of Concept (PoC) in the UP Medical Supply Corporation and the Director-General of Armed Forces Medical Services. The following week will have proper documentation” said GeM CEO Talleen Kumar during a media briefing Wednesday.

“We will float that and, in a transparent bidding process, we will bring in a system integrator to develop a blockchain as part of … the digital supply chain infrastructure so that any state or entity, if it wants to procure a medicine, can use this blockchain,” he added.

However, the finalization in the request for proposal (RFP) process will take about three months, while the implementation is likely to take a minimum of nine months. “We’re looking at blockchain in drug procurement at hospitals one year from now, but the good thing is that we’ve done the PoC and, from that, we’ve learned what challenges are there while onboarding a buyer.”

Blockchain is a ledger technology that allows data storage in many servers in a decentralized manner and viewed nearly in real-time by anyone with access.

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