Jan 19, 2021
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About this Deal
Some of the country's biggest tech firms and health care organizations have joined together to help facilitate a return to "normal" after Covid-19 vaccinations. The group, called the Vaccine Credential Initiative, wants to ensure that everyone has access to a secure, digital record of their Covid-19 vaccination — like a digital vaccine passport — that can be stored in people's smartphones. The records could be used for access to everything from airline travel to entering concert venues.
The coalition includes a broad range of health care and tech leaders including Microsoft , Salesforce, Oracle, Cerner, Cigna's Evernorth, health care software firm Epic and the Mayo Clinic, among others.
The Vaccine Credential Initiative wants to create an open-source, standard model for how hospitals, pharmacies and clinics administering Covid-19 vaccines make digital records of immunizations, which can be provided to patients who want them.
Coronavirus test results and vaccination records will need to be more easily transported if people have to use them to access schools, offices and event venues, making a digital record more practical. They also need to be "interoperable," meaning all organizations administering the shots should use the same model for recording vaccine credentials.