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, which have been hit hardest by the shut-down, especially international travel.
Since the onset of the pandemic one year ago, digital health passes have already served as a useful tool to verifying an individual’s health credentials. Unlike paper credentials such as the CDC's “Yellow Cards” that are easy-to-lose and easy-to-counterfeit, a digital pass can be stored on a mobile phone. It enhances user privacy and “binds” an individual’s identity to a test result or vaccination certificate. This also enables 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. Prove leverages the power of phones to return the users’ authenticated digital identities and verified data from authoritative sources, making the onboarding process seamless.
Already used by over 1,000 companies, including healthcare providers and payors alike, Prove technology will be critical to creating a blueprint for digital health passes or health passports that is safe and secure while ensuring a seamless consumer experience.
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