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5 12 months examine appears at if token rewards can enhance HIV affected person outcomes in Africa

12/03/2021

A Kenyan college and a blockchain healthcare supplier will be a part of forces to review whether or not Africa’s HIV disaster could be helped through the use of crypto and blockchain expertise.

A groundbreaking five-year examine into whether or not crypto token incentives can enhance well being outcomes for sufferers with HIV/AIDS might be launched in Kenya by the tip of the 12 months.

On Nov 1, the blockchain-powered healthcare ecosystem Immunify.Life and the Masinde Muliro College of Science and Know-how (MMUST) introduced they’d secured the approval wanted from an ethics committee and the nationwide fee to launch the examine.

Collectively they may conduct a five-year examine on HIV/AIDS beginning earlier than the tip of 2021 within the Kakamega County area of Kenya, earlier than extending all through the remainder of the nation.

MMUST will use Immunify.Life’s blockchain expertise to gather and analyze affected person knowledge to assist enhance the outcomes of HIV remedies. It can consider whether or not sufferers have higher therapy outcomes if they’re incentivized with token rewards for health-positive behaviors recognized by undertaking sponsors like NGOs and authorities establishments.

Immunify.Life CEO Man Newing instructed Cointelegraph:

“This system we’re testing will provide token incentives to encourage lapsed sufferers to current on the clinic for his or her therapy.”

Sufferers and medical doctors might be rewarded with Immunify.Life’s native ERC-20 IMM token. He added these may very well be supplied for “finishing a prescribed course of antibiotics for Tuberculosis,” and to incentivize, “HIV affected person returning often to the clinic for his or her check-up and therapy.”

Newing mentioned that well being care employees may even be rewarded for constructive behaviors similar to “accurately filling out session data, ordering a sure variety of exams for Tuberculosis, or finishing medical schooling.”

Each affected person who makes use of the platform is issued a nonfungible token (NFT) well being ID that captures key medical knowledge, like vaccination data. This knowledge is then transferred to a digital registry to allow distant medical supervision and real-time knowledge entry for medical professionals.

The examine’s pattern measurement is 600 sufferers. Half will obtain the token incentivization, and the opposite half will act as controls and won’t obtain token rewards. The sufferers might be monitored over six months and can obtain lively therapy and monitoring on a month-to-month foundation.

The examine may even observe the efficacy of utilizing paperless healthcare monitoring programs in a low socio-economic space.

Supply: Immunify.Life

Newing mentioned that, “Important Medical knowledge therapy knowledge could be captured in actual time, time stamped and secured; it could actually’t be hacked or modified.” The platform will initially use a second-layer answer on Ethereum utilizing Polygon, with long-term plans to bridge to Cardano.

Apart from the token rewards offered by sponsors, sufferers may even financially profit from the sale of anonymized medical knowledge. Immunify.Life is at the moment conducting a non-public spherical for Strategic and Institutional traders earlier than its preliminary DEX providing (IDO) which is deliberate for early 2022.

“Sufferers might be empowered to take management of their knowledge and share within the monetary rewards. The system is funded by charges charged to organizations who fund and ship the healthcare.”

Along with work in HIV in Kenya, Immunify.Life is making use of its blockchain expertise in two different therapeutic areas, COVID-19 & Opioid dependancy.

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Kenya is dwelling to round 1.5 million individuals with HIV in accordance with the 2020 UNAIDS report. Whereas 70% of those sufferers bear therapy, there are current difficulties round monitoring, entry, program design, and knowledge assortment.

Many individuals recognized with HIV are unable to proceed with therapy. In some areas, the variety of ‘lapsed’ sufferers can attain as much as 40%, in accordance with Immunify.Life. This contains pregnant girls, who can move on the virus to their youngster throughout delivery.