Washington (AFP) — The Pentagon is moving to use blockchain technology for its Ebola response, as it tries to contain the virus.
The Pentagon on Monday began testing the blockchain-based platform called BlockChain to track patient and health records and identify potential cases of Ebola, which can be transmitted via bodily fluids.
The project is a pilot program to test BlockChain in the U.S. and to see if the technology can be used elsewhere in the world, said Capt. Matt Jones, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s Department of Defense.
BlockChain will enable the Pentagon to better track Ebola cases and health-care providers, and identify patients and potential health care providers in cases that have not been previously identified.
The system is also designed to help the military respond to disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and pandemics.
Blockchain can be deployed as a private or public blockchain.
The Pentagon has been experimenting with the technology for several years.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Navy have also been testing the technology, with the latter testing it on ships.
Blockchains have been used to track medical records, which allow patients to track their health.
The military also uses blockchain to track health care records to better manage medical personnel and patient care.
In August, the Pentagon said it was using BlockChain as part of a pilot project to test the use of blockchain in its Ebola effort.
The pilot is being led by the Department of Energy’s Department Of Defense.
In addition to tracking cases, BlockChain is designed to identify health care workers and medical care providers and to identify potential Ebola patients and medical providers in an Ebola outbreak.
BlockScape is a consortium of government agencies and private companies working to build the world’s largest blockchain infrastructure.
Block scape is part of the Pentagon-backed initiative called “BlockScapes.”
The goal is to develop a blockchain-powered public-private partnership to build a decentralized infrastructure to store and securely track the health and financial records of nearly 200 million Americans.