April 13, 2021
Almost 8.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are being administered globally every day, giving a new sigh of hope that the end to the pandemic is finally in sight. However, in the meantime, determining if an individual has received the vaccine or has tested negative for the virus will be essential to jump-starting high-risk industries that have been hit hardest by the shutdown, especially international travel.
Since the onset of the pandemic one year ago, digital health passes have emerged as a useful tool to verify an individual’s health credentials. Unlike paper credentials, digital passport health plans can be stored on mobile phones. These health passes enhance user privacy and “bind” an individual’s identity to a test result or vaccination certificate. These features also enable real-time fraud-resistant digital verification.
As tech companies across the world race to create the most innovative, secure, and user-friendly digital health passes, it’s absolutely critical that each health pass in the marketplace protects the user’s privacy and works in conjunction with other health passes seamlessly.
Dakota Gruener, Executive Director of ID2020, explains: “Fragmentation is a risk we simply cannot ignore. To be valuable to users, credentials need to be accepted at check-in, upon arrival by border control agencies, and more. We can get there—even with multiple systems—as long as solutions adhere to open standards and participate in a common governance framework. But without these, fragmentation is inevitable, and travelers—and the economy—will continue to suffer needlessly as a result.”
That’s where the Good Health Pass Collaborative comes in.
The Good Health Pass Collaborative is composed of “policymakers; civil society organizations; government representatives; companies in the health, technology, and travel sectors; and others who share the commitment to restoring international travel while ensuring that equity, privacy, and other civil liberties are protected.”
Prove, the newest member of the Good Health Pass Collaborative, will provide the group with expertise on preventing fraud by reliably authenticating users with just their phone numbers.
Already used by over 1,000 companies, including healthcare providers and payors alike, Prove technology will be critical to creating a safe and secure blueprint for digital health passes or health passports while ensuring a seamless consumer experience.
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