Roundup: Australia Seeks Developer of COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Applications; South Korean blockchain company releases source code for COVID-19 digital pass and other briefs


Australia seeks developer of digital health app with COVID-19 vaccination pass

The Australian government has started looking for a developer for its smartphone app project that will store COVID-19 vaccination certificates and test results.

Based on a recently published tender from the Australian Digital Health Agency, the digital health app is to connect to the government system My Health Record to provide real-time updates on user immunization and test results for COVID-19 and other illnesses, as well as alerts on allergies and organ donation statuses. It must display the immunization status of a user via colored tickers.

A Newscast noted that a critical requirement for the mobile application is its ability to “tap into external systems”, allowing interaction with national databases in other countries. Such a requirement would facilitate the recognition of vaccination certificates issued abroad and ensure that travelers comply with other countries’ travel conditions, such as a negative COVID-19 test before departure.

In addition, the application must be supported by “several measures of authenticity and the fight against fraud”.

The digital health app is expected to launch on iOS and Android devices by December 2021.

South Korean blockchain company implements source code for its COVID-19 digital pass

GG56, a South Korea-based blockchain company, has announced that it will publicly release the technology and source code for its COVID-19 digital pass and allow free use of its patents.

Built on blockchain technology, the company’s Pass & Go app verifies the results of COVID-19 vaccination and tests. It also authenticates the test results of those who have recovered from the disease and have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

Based on a press release, the app automatically recognizes test results sent by certified medical institutions via SMS and creates a certificate from it.

Unlike most digital health passes, Pass & Go is a decentralized authentication system that only requires three types of data: a universally unique identifier, a test date, and a test result – all of which are encrypted by code. hash on a blockchain, which makes forgery “virtually impossible”.

GG56 said it is working to expand its digital health pass to issue vaccination certificates for other infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria and yellow fever.

Meanwhile, GG56 recently entered into business deals with several major Korean test kit manufacturers, such as Seegene and PCL.

New telemedicine service launched in Singapore

Good Care Group Asia unveiled its latest mobile app and online telemedicine platform in Singapore.

According to a press release, the platform runs on AI to help patients book appointments, meet personalized medication needs, and archive their health records for consultations.

It has also been secure and encrypted to allow users to fill out pre-admission forms and insurance coverage details, share medical records, consent forms, assessments, and more.

“With a powerful combination of user-friendly technology and high-quality Singaporean doctors available 24/7, we at GCG Asia want to help Singaporeans get the right consultation and healthcare when and how. where they need it [it]said GCG CEO Darren Yaw.

The company said it is working to provide a diagnosis instantly or within 12 hours via video conference with its network of approved healthcare professionals. In addition, it aims to improve the quality of follow-up health care and online consultations among Singaporean patients.

According to Yaw, the company is considering expanding the telemedicine platform and service to Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia.

India Launches Indigenous Medicine Web Portals

The Indian Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy) unveiled five new websites on Indian alternative medicine.

Ayurveda Dataset on India Clinical Trials Registry or CTRI Portal features Ayurveda datasets, providing global visibility for Ayurvedic clinical trials and strengthening Ayurvedic research.

The Showcase of Ayurveda Historical Imprints website displays authentic resources, including inscriptions, archaeobotanical information, sculpture, philological sources, and advanced archeogenetic studies.

The e-Medha (Medical Heritage Accession) site was also launched to provide access to over 12,000 books on Indian medical heritage via the e-granthalaya platform of the National Informatics Center.

Another website, Ayush Manuscripts Advanced Repository, features digitized information on rare manuscripts and catalogs of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Sowa-Rigpa from libraries or individual collections found in India and other parts. of the world.

Finally, the CCRAS-Research Management Information System or RMIS has recently been brought online to serve as a unique platform for research and development in Ayurveda-based studies. It also provides research advice from Ayurvedic scientists and clinicians, as well as research tools and reference materials.

Chinese insurance company QingSong Health and AXA Insurance enter into strategic cooperation

QingSong Health Group, a Chinese insurance technology platform, and AXA Insurance Group recently entered into a strategic cooperation to undertake in-depth exploration of insurance education, innovation, health services, among others .

In a press release, the two companies said their joint exploration will focus on family health insurance and the promotion of diversified commercial health insurance.

As part of their partnership, QingSong will assist AXA in the development of the Chinese health insurance market. AXA will then help QingSong set up a “more comprehensive” health insurance system and increase its market share in the Chinese health insurance market.


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