News hardware NFT: what if technology could save lives?
Before serving the speculation of some in the digital art world, non-fungible tokens (NFT) are first and foremost a technology. NFTs could prove useful in the hospital setting. These two French organizations have made it their objective.
NFTs in the hospital environment
What if NFTs could be useful? Web3 and its uses don’t only have bad sides, as evidenced by this new initiative.
Galeon, a hospital start-up created by caregivers, aims to use blockchain (the network behind cryptos and NFTs) to provide innovative solutions to caregivers and patients.
For its new project, the French company has joined forces with the organ donation support association France ADOT (Associations for the Donation of Organs and Human Tissues.)
Through this collaboration, the two organizations wish to “encapsulate” the will of the French regarding organ donation, directly in the blockchain.
Currently, the modalities around organ donation are presented in this form: individuals are considered as potential donors since the Caillavet law of December 22, 1976 until a possible refusal. To have his choice respected, a French individual must make it known during his existence to those around him. This can be in writing or orally, so that relatives can specify it to the medical team.
An NFT as a will for organ donation
The current means of transmitting one’s choice still seems somewhat archaic… Thus, Galeon and France ADOT have undertaken the creation of a better medium for communicating one’s choice regarding organ donation: an NFT.
And yes, indeed, this blockchain-based technology could prove to be effective in replacing the oral or written transmission necessary to assert one’s choices about organ donation.
In concrete terms, with their site lepremiernftquidonnelavie.fr, the two partners make it possible to generate a token free of charge in which the owner’s choice appears. Everyone can associate their own audio recording with this NFT, which reflects the individual’s choice.
Thanks to the blockchain (large virtual register among others), this choice will remain available to the hospital staff at any time – a more secure and more reliable way of transmitting their wishes. This NFT of course has no monetary value, it serves as a sort of free virtual time capsule.
It also does not yet have legal value since it constitutes an alternative means of highlighting the problems regarding the clarification of choices regarding organ donations.
“We are talking about a communication operation. The idea is that it opens the discussion around organ donation in families for everyone, ”explains Matthieu Gueniffey, co-founder of Galeon at 20minutes.
This new incentive therefore makes it possible to consider blockchain and NFTs as viable solutions in the transmission of information – despite the negative connotations around these concepts. With 24,000 patients waiting for organ transplants, the subject has the merit of being exploited under a new prism with the aim of providing more efficient solutions for applicants and donors.