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UAE LiberHealth uses blockchain to save lives
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UAE LiberHealth uses blockchain to save lives

Sometimes in life, people turn tragedies into hope. LiberHealth is such a story.

LiberHealth was founded in 2016 after a tragic incident that cost the life of Azaad, Syed’s brother. Syed Abrar Ahmed is the current CEO and Co-Founder of LiberHealth.

In 2016, Azaad diagnosed with liver cancer, sometimes receive the wrong drugs and overdose of drugs because hospitals in Pakistan and EMR (Electronic Medical Record) systems were not connected. As such, each hospital would have no idea what drugs were already in his brother’s system and complications would arise.

A year later in 2016, after the sad death of Azaad, Syed decided that it was time to fix this issue among hospitals.

As Syed states, “This issue is not just about one person, not just about one region. It is something that people in MENA, USA, and Europe face on a day to day basis, it is a global issue. If we can send tweets why is it still difficult for a person to control and carry their electronic health record, it is time that hospitals, clinics connect these systems. The platform could rescue thousands of patient lives lost due to medical errors.”

The solution progressed further in 2017 when Syed and his co-founder Zain Moosa, began to look into blockchain as an interoperability tool built on a trusted system. As Syed explains, “Blockchain solution was very close to the solution we had built out of the box, so we decided to incorporate it into our solution.”

Liberhealth built its solution utilizing IBM Hyperledger Fabric which is permission-based and thus more acceptable among healthcare institutions.

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Zain states, “We wanted to use a permission-based blockchain platform that all stakeholders can join be they hospitals, governmental entities, a pharmaceutical company, insurance companies and others.”

LiberHealth follows a blockchain as a service subscription model as well as license structure for bigger organizations.

One of the major challenges they faced was how to onboard patients and the solution was the incorporation of digital identity. Syed and Zain decided to implement a global digital identity solution powered by biometrics utilizing eye scans instead of fingerprint and facial scans which they were using in 2019 before Covid-19.

Syed explains, “After the pandemic, fingerprint scans are now something obsolete, so iris scans have become the solution as they are more unique and contactless. This digital identity is then linked to health records on Blockchain platform.”

Liberhealth had been selected by GIST Business Incubation program in the USA, as well as the IN5 program at Dubai Internet City. Covid-19 accelerated the production of LiberHealth solution. It was also accepted by Spark Niagara a business incubator in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

LiberHealth is currently in discussions with healthcare providers in the USA, Canada, and even in UAE where conversations are ongoing with private and public entities in the UAE and elsewhere. LiberHealth plans to expand across different sectors, including businesses and offices, airports, hotels and hospitals.

Currently, LiberHealth is seeking investments of $250,000 in equity funding convertible nodes. Prior to this, the founders have utilized their own personal funds as well as winnings from competitions.

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