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Brazil issues first-ever birth certificate using blockchain technology

Tue, 03 Sep 2019, 03:45 am UTC

Brazil has become the first country to register birth certificates on a blockchain, according to Cointelegraph Brazil.

Newborn Álvaro de Medeiros Mendonça is one of the first babies whose birth certificate has been recorded on blockchain, avoiding the registration in the traditional civil registry.

The baby’s father, Waldyr Mendonça Junior, said that the decision follows after receiving an invitation to participate from American giant IBM and tech firm Growth Tech. The father said that the birth registration process was completed in less than 5 minutes.

The swift processing was done using the Notary Ledgers platform of Growth Tech, which also provides virtual notary services.

Carlos Rischioto, the head of IBM’s blockchain department in Latin America, explained that the registration method includes three stages. First is the “Live Birth Statement” made by the hospital and then followed by the creation of a new digital identity by parents on the platform. The last step involves sending the information to the notary’s office.

"The goal of these solutions is to bring speed, efficiency, transparency, and increasingly eliminate the steps, especially bureaucratic, in business processes," Rischioto said (as translated by Google).

Growth Tech’s CEO Hugo Pierre also said that the goal of the company is to make the registration process of birth certificates as efficient as possible.

Meanwhile, the United States Food and Drug Administration may also reportedly start using blockchain technology to improve the feedbacks and recalls of drugs and medical products. The office also plans to streamline the communication process between healthcare providers, drug manufacturers, and regulatory agencies.

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