Companies around the world are using blockchain to develop innovative new inventions to aid the healthcare sector. A device by innovation company, Nnbu Holdings explores the ways in which blockchain can be used to promote healthier outcomes for babies born by C-section. The device followed recent research from the University of Edinburgh, which found that babies delivered by C-section have an increased risk of developing asthma and weight related health issues later on in life. The device uses blockchain technology to assist the following three functions: A blockchain enabled system ensures only trained, qualified medical staff are able to use the device A blockchain enabled security feature ensures that only qualified medical personnel will be able to carry out maintenance work on the device. A record of each baby born by C-section (subject to the permission of the parents and relevant laws) to use as a research tool However, despite the technology’s palpable uses and benefits, controversies over financial investment means that we won’t see a major change in anything just yet. With the healthcare sector being one of the most regulated sectors for obvious reasons, governing organisations would need to review each and every potential danger with a fine toothed comb before updating and investing into any systems. The second example comes from HEX Innovation, another company using the platform to deliver improved experiences for the healthcare sector. HEX Innovation has created a medical information platform which uses blockchain technology to share patient data in a more resourceful and coherent way. The company hopes that by sharing hospital records, dosages and other useful patient data on the platform hospitals will be able to manage data more effectively going forward. Although blockchain technology has proven that its interchangeable nature can be adapted to solve particular issues, in the long run, it has quite a long way to go until it is accepted universally as a safe method of data sharing.