To revive cross-border travel and keep the risk of infection under control, the South Korean government is trying to issue blockchain-enabled COVID-19 vaccine passports to immunized citizens.
Introduction of a blockchain-based application
The South Korean government plans to introduce a digital certification system using blockchain technology to check a person’s coronavirus vaccination status using a smartphone application starting this month.
According to Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun:
“With the introduction of a vaccination pass, or ‘Green Pass’, only those who have been vaccinated can experience the rest of their daily lives.”
He added that the vaccination record will help people get back to normal.
Deter identity theft
Chung acknowledged that blockchain technology increases the security of the system. As a result, identity theft is eliminated and transparency is improved.
South Korea has expanded the adoption of vaccines, with people 75 and over being given top priority. The vaccine is being jointly developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.
In October last year, South Korean hospitals announced their intention to give the go-ahead for a new era in healthcare with Industry 4.0 technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data.
Blockchain technology should be used to improve the quality of medical records and thus promote the implementation of data-oriented hospitals. Data should be collected using biosensors and digital neural networks for intelligent medical centers.
In addition, the Singaporean administration, in collaboration with the local startup Accredify, has set up a blockchain-based digital health passport to improve the management of medical records. This development should make it possible to store health data in a digital wallet.
The blockchain-enabled application was piloted in May 2020 using COVID-19 data during the height of the global pandemic. At this point, COVID-19 discharge notes have been authenticated more than 1.5 million times.
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