The first of its kind program aims to enhance and deliver health services to 500,000 Cambodians

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Everest, a biometry based, value transfer company, announced today a strategic partnership with the Cambodian Health Ministry of Kampong Chhnang Province and local implementer WAH Foundation to improve healthcare services in Kampong Chhnang Province. The project enhances a multitude of health services using blockchain technology, focusing first on maternal health with the potential to reach all of Kampong Chhnang’s 500,000 residents. The partnership is the first of its kind in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The core services of the program include training for medical professionals, better patient records and communications, and greater ability to track a mother’s progress during pregnancy. Everest’s technology ensures that these services are delivered efficiently and cost effectively, beginning with digital medical records, to the digital transfer of supporting health documents to the potential to integrate with the health programs of other provinces.

“The successful implementation of this project, and subsequently scaling it up, will provide an excellent platform for Kampong Chhnang’s population to access additional health and financial services,” said Bob Reid, CEO of Everest.  “Leapfrogging the existing technology empowers rapid and cost-effective deployment of these services, which will positively impact the daily lives of the province’s residents.”

Located in central Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang residents are served by 42 health centers and 3 hospitals, including approximately 220 midwives and over 200 pediatric nurses and doctors. This strategic partnership will empower healthcare providers to deliver better care, more efficiently, particularly for the reduction of the infant mortality rate, currently at 55 deaths per 1000 live births.

“Kampong Chhnang Provincial Health Department, part of the Ministry of Health, looks forward to seeing the results of the Everest/WAH pilot, which