US insurance companies to test a blockchain platform

Two US health insurance giants partner up to test a new blockchain pilot to improve healthcare system in USA
04 April 2018   469

Storing data is always expensive and presents a lot of issues with security. And blockchain has presented a new way to do it with less expense and hassle. Now American insurance companies want to try it out and see, if they will benefit from new technology in any way.

The biggest players in US health insurance sector are UnitedHealth Group and Humana. Together with UnitedHealth Group's subsidiary Optum they have partnered with Quest Diagnostics and MultiPan to test out a new blockchain pilot for the sector.

According to the press release published by UnitedHealth Group on April 2, 2018, the goal of the project is to see if sharing data between health insurance providers through blockchain will help people get faster access to care, streamline administrative work and improve data accuracy.

But the main issue to be corrected by the implementation of blockchain in such a way is the cost of data storage and maintenance. Right now it costs insurance companies about 2 billion dollars a year just to maintain the records and compile them with the separate copies, stored by hospitals and other parties in the business when differences arise.

Hopefully it will also reduce the cost of the services for the customers, but it's unclear as of now, because the project is just a pilot to test out the feasibility of blockchain in such a task. But more accurate information about the patient is essential to providing the best possible treatment, on this all the parties agree unequivocally.

Binance to Change Launchpad IEO Rules

Binance is going to implement the lottery format for the next tokensale campaign
25 March 2019   10

Binance announced a change in the format of the next tokensale on the Launchpad platform to a lottery. At the same time, the number of lottery tickets per account will depend on the size of the steak in the BNB for 20 days before IEO.

Note that one account can get up to 5 lottery tickets. Winners will be selected by randomizer.

BNB Balance to Lottery Tickets Ratio
BNB Balance to Lottery Tickets Ratio

It is noteworthy that within 20 days before the lottery, the BNB-deposit snapshot will be carried out daily at 0:00 UTC to monitor the fulfillment of the conditions.

Each winning ticket will grant the right to purchase tokens for a fixed amount in BNB equivalent. As soon as the user informs the exchange that he is ready to use a certain number of tickets in case of their winnings, this obliges him to purchase tokens and the money will be debited automatically.

Binance acknowledged that the price of BNB may fluctuate due to daily snapshots, and its potential decline may not be covered by the benefit from the new token, and encouraged users to make informed decisions.

In addition, Changpeng Zhao urged the community to comment on the new format in a separate Twitter thread in order to make the necessary feedback-based changes, if needed.

During the Celer Network tokensale on the Launchpad platform again had bandwidth problems; many people did not manage to purchase tokens.