The UK's National Health Service will implement an IoT solution built on the public distributed ledger network Hedera Hashgraph in order to monitor the storage of its COVID-19 vaccine supplies.
Public distributed ledger network Hedera Hashgraph is being used by a United Kingdom-based digital asset tracking provider called Everyware to provide the country's National Health Service with a system for managing its COVID-19 vaccine storage.
Several of the widely-used COVID-19 vaccines being administered at present require ultra-cold storage conditions in order to remain effective, presenting a significant challenge for public and private health services around the world.
To ensure that COVID-19 vaccine maintenance can be securely and transparently monitored by participants in the distribution process in the UK, Everyware will provide several NHS facilities with its asset tracking and monitoring software, using the Hedera Consensus Service as a secure, distributed trust layer.
The Hedera base layer provides a verifiable timestamp and ordering of events across the vaccine supply chain and allows healthcare facilities to securely share data with other participants involved in the vaccine delivery chain — among them pharmaceutical providers, centralized storage facilities, and transportation companies.