A coalition of technology and health companies has launched an initiative that intends to enable individuals to obtain digital access to their COVID-19 vaccination records based on interoperable, open standards.
Coalition members that are advancing the Vaccination Credential Initiative include Cerner, CARIN Alliance, Change Healthcare, Evernorth, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Mitre, Safe Health, Oracle, Salesforce and The Commons Project Foundation.
VCI stakeholders are using open SMART Health Cards specification based on HL7 FHIR and W3C Verifiable Credential standards to enable people to securely store in their preferred digital wallet an encrypted electronic copy of their immunization records to facilitate their return to work, travel and events.
“As we explore the many use cases for the vaccination credential, we are working to ensure that underserved populations have access to this verification,“ said Brian Anderson, chief digital health physician at Mitre.
Anderson added that Mitre welcomes the opportunity to join other health and tech partners to come up with an open-source credential.