A memorandum published by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has listed blockchain managers as one of the country’s critical critical infrastructure workers.
On March 19, DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a memo highlighting the special responsibility of workers within a critical infrastructure industry to maintain normal work schedules amid increasing coronavirus locking.
The document cites blockchain managers as critical infrastructure industries in addition to healthcare, pharmaceuticals and food supply.
The inclusion of blockchain managers on the CISA list may indicate that the DHS recognizes the possibility of deploying distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in coronavirus assistance.
In China, blockchain technology has been deployed in more than 20 applications, contributing to the government’s efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. These include applications that manage and track medical records, medical supplies and medical records.
Private public initiatives with blockchain have also proven effective, such as Alipay’s DLT platform, which allows charitable donations to be tracked by the public.
In Hong Kong, insurers looked to DLT as a way to streamline the paperwork processes surrounding medical claims, with Ant Financial launching a collective claims platform to accelerate processing times.