How Blockchain and AI Are Being Used in the Fight Against Covid19


In a world radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic, people around the globe are doing what they can to help. In particular, several organizations are using blockchain technology to aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. We present an overview of a number of these blockchain projects here.


Alipay, a third-party online and mobile payment platform that was founded in China in 2004 has begun using blockchain technology to aid in the fight against coronavirus. Alipay is using the Ant blockchain to provide an online information platform. The Ant-based platform enables citizens to learn prevention habits and receive reliable information by sharing materials related to COVID-19 through mobile apps.

The Alipay initiative uses the Ant blockchain technology to ensure that the information shared is authenticated and approved, thus eliminating the possibility of its being tampered with. This prevents the spread of false coronavirus information.

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Joseph Yong, Head of Investor Relations
  • Liu Hongwei, CTO


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight:

provides an online platform from which people can learn good prevention habits; also enables the secure sharing of COVID-19 related information and materials through mobile apps


ANSA, the leading news agency in Italy, has implemented a news tracking system called ANSAcheck which is powered by blockchain technology to stop the spread of fake news and engender greater trust between the news and its readers.

Fake news regarding coronavirus poses a distinct threat to the health, safety, and well-being of people around the globe. ANSAcheck, which was developed in collaboration with Ernst & Young and is based on the Ethereum blockchain, will enable its users to verify the history and origin of the news which is published on its platforms as well as that of third parties (like social media). Verified news will get a label that says “Notizia d’origine certificata” (“News of Certified Origin”). ANSAcheck implements smart contract technology by giving a news article digital representation and generating a cryptographic string.

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Stefano de Alessandri, ANSA CEO
  • Ernst & Young


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight: ANSAcheck will stop the spread of fake coronavirus news (which can threaten the health and safety of people all over the earth) by allowing users to verify the history and origin of news articles, including those published on social media


BitMED, a telehealth company which was founded in 2015 in Austin, Texas by Dr. Rishi Madhok (CEO) and Bo Vargas (CTO), announced recently that it, in conjunction with Ard Holdings, a financial group, will be introducing a free telehealthcare service to residents of Central Asia and Mongolia, regions in which there is a grievous lack of access to proper and adequate healthcare services.

Telemedicine can help cut costs for both the patients as well as the healthcare providers and enable those who most need healthcare but are least financially able to get it to receive adequate care at a low cost or for free. The main concern with telemedicine is that the patient data needs to be protected from any potential breach. This can be solved by using secure blockchain technology.

Through a platform built on the BXM token, BitMED seeks to offer free telemedicine to underserved areas such as Central Asia and Mongolia (the company already offers such healthcare services in Rwanda and the United States).

BitMED offers personalized, incentivized, and global healthcare services through a platform, which leverages real doctors in real-time with technologies such as blockchain and AI (artificial intelligence). This healthcare solution offers both the doctors to staff the online platform as well as the software. Members can gain access to medical consultation, engage in community health discussions, and receive validated content from any tablet, phone, or computer anywhere in the world.

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Rishi Madhok, CEO
  • Bo Vargas, CTO


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight: they offer access to free blockchain-based telemedicine services to those in Central Asia and Mongolia (in addition to the Rwanda and the United States) to promote better care delivery, increase the capacity of the healthcare system, and optimize the utilization of existing infrastructure for healthcare


BurstIQ, which is a leader in providing data solutions based on the blockchain technology for the healthcare industry, recently announced the founding of Research Foundry, which is a global coalition of entrepreneurs and enterprises collaborating to solve health challenges on a global scale, beginning with COVID-19. This initiative combines researchers, large enterprises, public health agencies, and innovators with the secure connectivity and data management platform offered by BurstIQ to enable greater collaboration and the secure sharing of data to accelerate the discovery of solutions.

Research Foundry will provide unified access to aggregated and independent datasets from all over the earth, as well as providing organizations with a method of sharing data directly without losing control over that data, of forming groups which will work to tackle particular problems, and of building solutions that are collectively developed and in which the contributions of each participant are auditable and verifiable.

Frank Ricotta, BurstIQ’s founder, and CEO states, “We know that collaboration exponentially advances human knowledge.” Research Foundry offers a framework to make those collaborations more secure and easier to accelerate the process of finding solutions for the COVID-19 crisis.

Project Name: Research Foundry

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Frank Ricotta, Co-Founder & CEO


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight:

since innovation and research are significantly accelerated through crowd intelligence and collaboration but participants in the collaboration need to be able to trust that their contributions to the project will stay secure and under their control, BurstIQ’s Research Foundry offers the framework for this to happen, enabling members of the coalition to collaborate while maintaining control, ownership, and the verifiable intellectual property rights to their contributions.


Emerge, a Toronto-based blockchain start-up has developed Civitas, a public safety system app intended to help local authorities in various nations. This app has been designed to “…to improve safety and cut store wait times by reducing gatherings in tight spaces, reducing the probability of contagion,” according to an Emerge blog post.

The program can associate the government ID numbers of locals with unique blockchain records, enabling local authorities to check if the residents qualify for permits which would allow them to leave their residences. Citizens who report experiencing COVID-19 symptoms could be helped by the app to know the days on which it is safest for them to leave their homes to shop for necessities such as medicine and food.

Project Name: Civitas

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Lucia Gallardo, CEO


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight:

Civitas links blockchain records with citizens’ government ID numbers to allow officials to issue permits for them to leave their homes during the COVID-19 lockdown and to know when it is safest for them to go to the store for essentials; this reduces store wait times and limits the gathering of people in tight spaces; Civitas will be rolled out to 25,000 Hondurans who are under lockdown due to confirmed COVID-19 cases


Infermedica is a Polish medical technology company, which generates solutions by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) technology to guide patients to the care that they need by making the process of pre-diagnosing, triaging, and connecting patients with the necessary medical services significantly easier.

Infermedica allows the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance to improve the flow of patients, increase efficiency, and reduce costs by combining the experience of real doctors and the power of Infermedica’s AI algorithms to generate solutions. Its apps have been made available in 17 different languages, with more coming soon.

Infermedica released a COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool to aid in the fight against coronavirus. This Risk Assessment Tool takes a three-pronged approach, allowing both individuals and communities to benefit: 1) Infermedica has extended the functionality of its flagship symptom checking app, Symptomate, to be able to check for coronavirus related symptoms and assist patients with COVID-19 related concerns. 2) Journalists, health organizations, clinics, and NGOs may embed the COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool on their websites to promote awareness and keep the disease from spreading. 3) The COVID-19 Risk Assessment API is freely available forever for anyone to utilize it to help stop the virus from spreading.

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool has recently been implemented by the Polish Ministry of Health to allow the 38 million people in Poland to identify coronavirus symptoms quickly and receive reliable recommendations.

Project Name: COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Piotr Orzechowski, Founder & CEO


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight:

This COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool is a set of solutions intended to quickly identify symptoms of the coronavirus and to obtain reliable information about COVID-19, including an embeddable Risk Assessment Tool, a Risk Assessment API, and a revamped version of Symptomate to offer free COVID-19 checkups; the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool was implemented on April 8, 2020, by the Polish Ministry of Health to offer COVID-19 symptom checking and assistance to all 38 million residents of Poland.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has teamed up with Hacera, an enterprise blockchain startup, and other tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle to develop MiPasa, a new blockchain platform to aid with analytics and data aggregation for COVID-19.

MiPasa is built on Hyperledger Fabric, and it is designed to be “fully private” to allow “need-to-know” organizations such as health officials and state authorities to share information. MiPasa will help to identify virus hotspots and carriers and will hopefully aid in the early detection of the virus.

MiPasa will serve as an “information highway” to cross-reference health information with siloed location data, all while protecting patient privacy and helping to monitor trends locally and globally, allowing governments, health officials, and health organizations to respond swiftly and accurately to stop the spread of this virus while safeguarding the privacy of individual patients

Project: MiPassa

Leadership and/or Organization Stakeholders:

  • Jonathan Levi (Hacera CEO)
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • WHO
  • CD
  • Johns Hopkins University


Most significant contribution to COVID-19 fight:

MiPasa will serve as an “information highway” to securely cross-reference health information with location data to identify virus hotspots and carriers and to aid in the early detection of the virus, allowing governments, health officials, and health organizations to respond swiftly, knowledgeably, and accurately to stop the spread of the virus while safeguarding the privacy of individual patients with blockchain technology.

From the author:

Despite the horror and dysfunction this pandemic has brought upon the world, there are those that are stepping up to meet this challenging time head on. It’s unfortunate that there are those taking advantage of the situation, but that’s human nature. The important thing to remember is that this trying time is bringing out the good in humanity as well.

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