Ping Identity has announced Project Covid Freedom, a free mobile vaccine passport that allows healthcare providers, businesses and individuals to verify Covid-19 test results and vaccination status. The move leverages Ping Identity’s recent acquisition of ShoCard personal identity to share proof of Covid test results and vaccinations.
According to the manufacturer, Project Covid Freedom creates a secure and privacy enabled way to verify test and vaccination results, while keeping users up to date on vaccination status over time via private encrypted messages. Individuals instantly receive digital proof of their vaccinations in their secure ShoCard mobile wallet from enrolled healthcare providers, then can securely share with participating employers, restaurants, entertainment arenas, friends, family and more, using a QR code.
Ping Identity believes that the difference between its solution and other vaccination passports, is the ability to provide a secure way to continuously manage test results and vaccination status, speeding up the time it takes to demonstrate proof of vaccination, and providing a more versatile and trustworthy solution over paper certifications. Using Ping Identity’s solution, vaccine providers can send timely reminders directly to customers when they are due for a second dose. Or, if a batch of vaccines is discovered to lack efficacy, providers can revoke the proof and instantly communicate corrective actions.
“Achieving normalcy post-pandemic will demand a level of verifiable safety in the places where people come together most,” said Andre Durand, CEO and founder of Ping Identity. “Using secure and private technology that’s easily accessible from a smartphone, Project Covid Freedom helps simplify the vaccination process so individuals, businesses and healthcare providers can increase in-person safety without compromising users’ digital identity.”
“A return to normal requires secure and trusted ways to share and verify vaccination status,” added Gautam M Shah, vice president of platform and marketplace at Change Healthcare. “Supporting Project Covid Freedom is a natural extension of Change Healthcare and Ping Identity’s common goal to use secure, highly accurate identity to enable trusted healthcare interactions for patients, healthcare providers, and payers alike.”
Ping Identity’s Covid Passport uses decentralised identity technology based on the ShoCard platform to provide verifiable proof of test results and vaccinations, which may be securely shared when a user permits through facial or fingerprint biometrics. The complete end-to-end solution requires no integration or coding to begin issuing or verifying proof of vaccination. Individuals are only required to download an iPhone or Android app.
The service is being offered for free to all governments, businesses, healthcare providers, and individuals, and will become widely available after early access testing is complete. Additional and advanced use-cases will be available to Ping Identity customers already leveraging the Ping Identity platform for identity, but it is not required.
Healthcare providers, Businesses, or individuals can sign up to receive early access at ShoCard.com.