The UN Office on Drugs and Crime or is going to partner with the blockchain-based telemedicine and telepsychology firm Doc.com in order to expand free essential healthcare services all over Eastern Africa, as announced from the UNODC.
The organization is prepared to cooperate in a new partnership
In one officially sealed letter which was signed on the 20th December by Amado Philip de Andres, the Regional Representative for the Regional Office for Eastern Africa or ROEA of UNODC, de Andres said that the organization is willing to cooperate in a new partnership.
Doc.com is actually a tech firm which offers blockchain-based 24/7 telemedicine and telepsychology platforms, permitting users to tokenize personal data, as well as sell it in return for access to the services.
With the UN partnership, the company has some plans to roll out both its platforms to the African market by the second quarter of the following year.
And, until now, the company also operated in 20 countries, in recent times opening an office in the United States. The data and healthcare service ecosystem use an ERC20-compatible token which is dubbed MTC and which is now tradable on a few crypto exchanges like Singapore-based Coinbene and Kucoin.
Doc.com plans to expand services in the U.S.
As some statistics on the company website reveal, over 130,000 users have to date used its telemedicine services, and just 70,000 have utilized its doc.com ‘Emotions,’ telepsychology platform.
Doc.com also has some plans to expand its services across a broader range of the United States in 2019, as well as to launch its tokenized telemedicine service in the UK by March 2019, and to branch out to the Asian market, starting with India by the end of 2019.
Despite the expansion plans, the company stated that it plans to launch its in-house mainnet by the first three months of 2019 in order to replace the existing Ethereum-based ERC20 token system. It is going to start a subsidiary blockchain-based veterinary services system, which is dubbed ‘doc Pets,’ in the United States by the second quarter of the new year.
Blockchain gaining increasing traction over healthcare sectors
As it has been previously reported, blockchain was gaining increasing traction all over the healthcare and related sectors which involve highly sensitive data. In genomics field, a few initiatives are harnessing the potential of the technology to provide a secure, as well as equitable means of not just monetizing and managing the circulation of the data that already exists, but of incentivizing its generation.
Earlier in December, one group of major U.S. healthcare companies formed an alliance to trial blockchain solutions which are going to improve data integrity, as well as security and reduce costs too – the latest of a series of similar approaches being developed globally.
For its part, the UN was exploring multiple, as well as mostly humanitarian use cases for blockchain for a long time, starting with its use of the Ethereum blockchain to transfer coupons which are based on cryptocurrencies to refugees in Syria, followed by a blockchain-based digital identity system which is designed to combat child trafficking globally.