In a webinar hosted by the International
Social Security Association (ISSA), international experts discussed the chances
of using the relatively new "Blockchain" technology in social
administration. Through a decentralised approach, it enables secure (data)
transactions to be implemented using a large number of independent
participants. In simple terms, changes to files are not made by
"overwriting" them, but by "appending" or
"accumulating" the change ("layer").
Usage in the social sector is still in its
infancy. However, certain fields of application are indicated. Using blockchain can strategically contribute to transparency and prevention of fraud
and corruption. Data paths will be transparent and comprehensible. It also
makes sense to use it mainly in the health and social care sector; e.g. in the
health sector in the context of e-prescriptions and "e-health"
Potential for future development was also apparent in the
administration of individual consents for data use and forwarding and in the
secure storage of "facts" (Estonia). In Uruguay, blockchain is used
by the pension insurance fund in the cross-border verification of proof of
life, with the help of a complete traceability of all relevant correspondence
from other authorities about the person concerned.
After all, the participants were given an
important message: Blockchain is not a universal remedy, but only one
technology among many.
can be accessed here;
however, the documents are only available to ISSA members.