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European Companies Team on Blockchain COVID-19 Health Passport


May 28, 2020

A new blockchain-based COVID-19 health passport is being developed by three European countries. The solution is designed to help governments monitor the state of immunity among residents in real time.

The passports will be updated with test results for the coronavirus in real time and positive tests will be recorded and timestamped to ensure they cannot be falsified. The result will be a system of real-time health certificates based on antibody and virus tests results.

The health passport will run on Estonian blockchain company Guardtime's KSI blockchain. French health platform provider OpenHealth, responsible for maintaining a database of 20 million French patients, is participating as well. And SICPA, a Swiss security company, is also working on the project.

“The KSI Blockchain will make it impossible to falsify and the health data on these certificates will be used by the OpenHealth platform to follow the evolution of deconfinement and management of the crisis, following the model of flu pandemics,” stated SICPA in a press release.

The security company's Certus technology enables consenting individuals who have had an approved test for the COVID-19 virus or antibodies to receive a certificate showing the test results. The certificate must be from an authorized body and is available in a digital but printable format that is universally verifiable.

Guardtime is contributing its well established KSI Blockchain as well as the KSI Blockchain Timestamping Service. The service is compliant with the eiDAS regulation and is also included in the European Trusted List.

OpenHealth will provide its online platform "The Hub," which provides best in class data exploitation and visioning tools.

The health passport will require only a simple smartphone app or computer for verification. All personal data about participants will be anonymous, with the solution working without the need for a centralized database. Creation, expiration, renewal and cancellation of medical tests results will all be updated in real time. The passport is designed to protect personal data and privacy rights in accordance with GDPR mandates.

According to SICPA, the solution could also be used to enable public authorities to control access to critical facilities. These include hospitals, retirement homes, schools, government offices and even businesses. Once implemented, the passports could help measure the efficiency of deconfinement plans while monitoring the progressive spread of herd immunity.


 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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