Medical services company MDS Mexico has introduced a rapid coronavirus testing service that utilizes blockchain technology to validate results. MDS Mexico will use this technology to verify the authenticity of quick COVID-19 test results.
Based on an October 17 report from local media outlet iProUP news, the firm has launched a digital platform enabling its patients to access their results that are updated in real-time. The results are also physically delivered, consisting of a QR code that can be scanned to authenticate the results and access the patient’s vaccination history on the MDS Mexico blockchain.
MDS confirmed that it adopted blockchain to safeguard all the results of clinical tests, protect the patients’ personal data, and eliminate cases of the falsification of covid test results. MDS’s website says:
“To avoid the falsification of negative results, we began to certify the SARS-CoV-2 detection tests with blockchain technology and cryptographic signature, which protects the information in a unique, immutable, and unalterable QR Code that can be verified worldwide.”
Testing the results uploaded to MDS’s blockchain also features a cryptographic signature from the doctor who validated the outcome of the test.
Notably, MDS is not the first company in Mexico to adopt blockchain for digitized covid test results, with Mexico’s National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) confirming a state-backed initiative. This initiative is meant to digitize vaccination passports in conjunction with private blockchain technology company Xertify in April.
In August 2021, the blockchain sector representatives in Australia also pushed for the introduction of a blockchain-powered vaccine registry to eliminate the proliferation of fake Covid-19 vaccine passports online.