World Health Organization has teamed up with the likes of IBM, Oracle, Microsoft and many other government agencies to create a blockchain-based open data hub called MiPasa. The platform will verify various data and information related to the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure its validity and create plans to contain the pandemic based on the same.
The coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the whole world leading to chaos, fear, the uncertainty of the future and a stream of misinformation. The MiPasa platform created by Hacera has been built on top of Hyperledger Fabric with a range of data monitoring and analytic tools to test the available data on the outbreak and other information which would eventually lead to correct detection of virus infection hotspot.
Jonathan Levi, CEO of Hacera, believe MiPasa would be “COVID-19 information highway,” and precise analysis of the information and data available presently are more than enough to make the right decisions.
While creating an enterprise-grade blockchain-based system could take months, but tough times call for tougher measures and as a result, the collaboration of major players like Microsoft, Johns Hopkins University, China’s National Health Commission and many other agencies made it possible to create the MiPasa platform in no time.
IBM at the Forefront to Avail Data Analytics tools on MiPasa
IBM is at the forefront of the initiative and noted that after brainstorming about the idea for a data verifying and analyzing consortium, they all agreed that it is the need of the hour. Gari Singh, IBM Blockchain CTO noted,
“It's not that we were trying to force blockchain into this solution, but we thought we need to replicate data, we need to have trusted sources, we need to make sure it can't be tampered with.”
IBM has also pledged to bring ‘Call for Code’ initiative which would ensure in the rapid creation of various analytical tools for monitoring all kinds of data. Sing also said that coronavirus testing data is something they were looking to add to the platform in the near future.
The platform is also focused on the ease of use where someone can enter a set of information from a mobile device which then will be utilized by the platform to build an application for the same.
Data analytics can be a big game-changer in the present scenario and if the quality of the data input is consistent and correct, it would create a powerful insight into the spread of the virus, which then can be used to stem and contain the problem.