Bogota – Colombia, September 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Vitalpass, the digital COVID-19 vaccination passport co-created by Auna Ideas Foundation and Koibanx and developed using the Algorand blockchain, has been chosen by the Colombian government as the official vaccination certificate. Colombia is the first country of Latin America adopt this technology, joining the ranks of others who are already doing so, including Singapore, Japan, South Korea and New York City .
This initiative was made possible by Auna’s commitment to immunization in Colombia and Peru, and through partnerships with local and national governments. An important step in Colombia and Latin America, Vitalpass was co-designed by the Innovation and HealthTech division of Auna Ideas as part of their commitment to provide comprehensive health solutions. This digital vaccination passport is free and cannot be tampered with, as it creates a permanent and unalterable record on Algorand Blockchain, which is a decentralized public network specifically designed for global applications that can scale to mass adoption.
Vitalpass was developed with technological support from Koibanx, a LATAM company with over 6 years of experience implementing blockchain-based transactional and asset tokenization solutions for the financial and government sectors.
“The use of blockchain technology makes this digital passport one of the most secure and reliable tools to ensure the transparent process of vaccination in Colombia, because the information cannot be modified, erased or manipulated, thus ensuring the validity of the certificate against cases of falsification, double vaccination or others ”, said Dr Andrés Vásquez, Director of Biomedical Innovation and Technology of health at Auna Ideas.
The Auna Ideas Foundation granted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Colombia free and perpetual rights to deploy VitalPass as a country tool to certify the COVID-19 vaccination of its citizens before any national or international agency. Similar agreements should be signed with other governments in Latin America.
Vitalpass is part of the Commontrust network, where several organizations around the world have joined forces to give patients digital access to their health data using open, interoperable and verifiable standards. Additionally, negotiations are underway to log into GreenPass, the European Union’s digital COVID-19 vaccination certification system.
With this initiative, Auna, through the Auna Ideas Foundation, reaffirms its commitment to fight COVID-19 and harness innovation to transform the care experience of a growing number of families into Latin America.
Auna Ideas Foundation
Auna Ideas is an open platform for scientific research, innovation in Health-Tech, health training and social development on our continent with the support of AUNA. Since 2008, Auna has sought to transform healthcare and wellness into Latin America. With a presence in Peru and Colombia with more than 7,500 employees, they provide comprehensive healthcare to members and patients at every moment of their lives. They have a network of clinics and wellness centers, transversal health services, insurance products; all of this, with the support of the most advanced medical and academic research and a top-notch team.
Since 2015, Koibanx has been helping banks and financial institutions integrate crypto into their banking cores while connecting financial products through Blockchain infrastructure. Payments, factoring and tokenization of a variety of financial assets can be executed more efficiently and securely on the Koibanx platform. The company seeks to connect the LATAM financial sector on a shared infrastructure for the benefit of all stakeholders. For more information, visit https://www.koibanx.com.
Algorand is building the technology to power the future of finance (FutureFi), the convergence of traditional and decentralized models into a unified system that is inclusive, frictionless and secure. Founded by Turing Award-winning cryptographer Silvio Micali, Algorand has developed a blockchain infrastructure that provides interoperability and the ability to handle the volume of transactions needed by the challenge, financial institutions and governments for a smooth transition to FutureFi. The technology of choice for more than 700 organizations worldwide, Algorand enables the simple creation of next-generation financial products, protocols and value exchanges. For more information, visit www.algorand.com.