Blockchain technology has the potential to make government services more efficient while making it more trustworthy. A number of governments around the world are already implementing blockchain technology across a plethora of public service aspects. The technology is not in a fully developed stage as of now which is why a huge part of this is experimental, however, the impact that it could have on public service is exponential. The following are some of the ways in which governments can use Blockchain Technology to better public services-
The Food Standard Agency, a branch of the UK government used blockchain technology to track the distribution of meat that originates from slaughterhouses. This experimental use can pave the way for governments to use blockchain in order to enhance food traceability and ensure regulatory compliance in the food sector.
A perfect example of a country using Blockchain technology for good governance is that of Estonia. Blockchain is being used on a vast basis with data from the judiciary, legislation, healthcare, as well as various security concerns, are all integrated on a single digital platform using Blockchain technology. This data has been integrated on a secure immutable platform in order to prevent corruption and misuse of the information.
Blockchain technology can be used in the context of healthcare, especially in the context of sharing private data of patients and storing records. The US government has partnered with IBM in order to integrate Blockchain technology into carious healthcare platforms. This introduction is slated to introduce transparency and security of data into the healthcare system.
Georgia is one of the countries which is incorporating Blockchain in its system of land records which would keep an immutable record of the essential details of a person as well as the proof of ownership of property. Registration of property and the paperwork involved in transacting with property is a very cumbersome process in jurisdictions across the world. The introduction of Blockchain into this arena will save time and manpower and make land records accessible as well as safe.
The key features of Blockchain technology which include transparency and security are features which are core to good governance. Thus, technology is the perfect fit in governance and can be employed by governments across the world in order to make public services more efficient.