Last week in blockchain for week 10 of 2018, a podcast with the latest developments in the world of the blockchain.
Welcome to Last week in blockchain. My name is Wim Pelgrim, a blockchain enthousiast and with this weekly podcast you’ll stay up to speed about all the major developments on the blockchain. And that in under 10 minutes!
The first news of this week comes from Walmart. They applied for a patent for a blockchain-based tool called “Smart Package”. The tool can track package contents, environmental conditions, location and other details. It will be used in combination with other new technologies like unmanned drones. And that’s something we’ll see a lot: the blockchain being part of several innovations or new technologies.
Then my own country: The Netherlands. Reselling tickets and hiking prices is a big problem for a lot of artists and fans. The blockchain could be a solution and several well known artists in The Netherlands are investing in start up GUTS Tickets, that’s working on it. Among these artists are comedians Youp van ‘t Hek and Jochem Myjer. They tested the system on a few shows of comedian Jochem Myjer. Using the GET-protocol the tickets know themselves who owns them and register changes in ownership. And the blockchain can monitor the development in ticket prices. Again: real world problems the blockchain can solve. I love it.
But the biggest news this week was the birth of the first baby on the blockchain. But in stead of telling you about this app, I talked to the CEO of the company that build Mijn Zorg Log: Jeroen van Megchelen of Ledger Leopard.
Wim Pelgrim: “First question is: What is the application you build? Can you tell me about that.”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “The application we build is an application we use for maternity care, which provides the nurse a tool to be able to create invoices for the actual clients which can then answer the invoices by agreeing or disagreeing with the service that was provided by the actual nurse. And on the other side the payment process from the client wallet towards the health care provider wallet happens with tokens, so when the client accepts the actual invoice from the health care provider, the health care provider is payed via the wallet of the client. And on the other side, the other feature that’s in there: it gives the client control and overview on what is done with this actual data within the blockchain. That is the goal of what we are actually doing.”
Wim Pelgrim: “And why use a blockchain? What’s different from the old way?”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “That’s a good question. We use it because of trust. Because the healthcare providers told us that they don’t want to use the central database methods, because they want control over their own data and don’t want the insurance companies to be the boss over that data. On the other hand because of the tokenization in the blockchain the benefit of creating the administration and financial process in parallel accept of how it happens now the administration following the actual financial information throughout the supply chain is a big benefit of that part and to give the perception of control over his or her own data.”
Wim Pelgrim: “Okay, and what technique did you use; did you use the Bitcoin network, Ethereum, Hyperledger?”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “We use Ethereum.”
Wim Pelgrim: “And why use Ethereum for this case?”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “We are a company that has been making blockchain solutions for three years now and in our experience the smart contracts on Ethereum are good to use in our cases. And on the other hand technology-wise Ethereum is most far ahead.
Wim Pelgrim: “And what’s next?”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “We have done some projects. We do a project in healthcare where we connect the doctor, the laboratory, the farmacist to the blockchain. The sharing of information and the payment process.
Wim Pelgrim: “That sounds very interesting. When can we expect that?”
Jeroen van Megchelen: “It is finished already. The go life was on the first of March and its up to the company to start communicating whenever they think it’s suitable.”
Thank you Jeroen van Megchelen for making time for this podcast. Good luck with all the babies to be born on the blockchain.
And that wraps up this Last week in blockchain. Check my website: www.wimpelgrim.nl for more info on me and my podcast and a full transcript of this episode. Check the links to all the news items I talked about in the description: Walmart, GUTS and the babies born on the blockchain. And definitely check back next week for my new podcast on Soundcloud!
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Blockchain in ticket sales
Baby on the blockchain