Acoer, developer of blockchain-enabled applications, is helping its healthcare and life sciences clients to easily track and visualize the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. It will do this using its HashLog data visualisation engine which uses the Hedera Hashgraph blockchain.
“There is a growing supply of data about the virus, but the information is not necessarily easy to visualize, consume, or extract in a simple way,” said Jim Nasr, CEO of Acoer. “With HashLog our objective is to make data collection automated, and data visualization rich, dynamic, and intuitive. Particularly with my own public health background and tenure at the CDC, we are also huge believers that supporting public health is an incredibly important mission and as much as we can do, it is our responsibility to innovate to enhance it.”
Coronavirus and a blockchain
Hedera Hashgraph is an enterprise-grade public ledger. The Coronavirus HashLog dashboard enables researchers, scientists and journalists to understand the spread of the virus and trends over time. To do this it holds a wide set of public data, including data from:
- the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- the World Health Organization (WHO).
HashLog will provide real-time visualisation of Coronavirus data and trends including:
- confirmed cases
- deaths and recoveries per hundred infections
- trends over time
- interactive views – with dynamic sort and filtering capabilities
- the ability to download or extract directly from those visualisations.
“Healthcare and public health is a key area where Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) can provide computational trust, and serve as a source of truth for multiple parties to work from, delivering consistent, factual information across distributed communities,” said Mance Harmon, CEO of Hedera Hashgraph. “Acoer’s work to make this Coronavirus data so easy to visualize and understand is a great example of this, and we commend them for this innovative use of DLT for the public good.”
Acoer builds blockchain-enabled applications. These seek to ensure computational trust, transparency and auditable data by providing a secure and tamper-proof environment.
HashLog is a data collection and visualisation tool. It includes three sub-projects:
- Health Data Explorer – a platform to support and improve medicolegal death investigation
- Knowledge Seeker – a data analytics dashboard about clinical trials, dementia or mortality data
- Ledger Explorer – this is a transaction explorer and analytics platform for Hedera Hashgraph which uses decentralised ledger technology (DLT or blockchain).
Enterprise Times: what does this mean
While the initial significance of the new Coronavirus infection was not fully appreciated, its rapid growth in Hubei province and then its spread through China and the wider world has driven a need for tools. This is what Acoer, with HashLog brings, broadening the information base.
From a blockchain perspective the HashLog/Hedera Hashgroup combination adds to the credibility of digital ledger technology. That the service is free for use is an added confirmation.