The EN-Covid19 Digital Passport solution explained:
By August 2020, it was estimated that over 800,000 people worldwide had lost their lives to Covid19 and is still growing……Bloomberg reported in April this year that ‘Global cost of coronavirus may each $4.1 Trillion, Asian Development Bank says’…
We simply weren’t prepared. So, why weren’t our governments warned?
Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world.
Margaret Chan - Former Director-General of the World Health Organization ("Influenza A(H1N1)". www.who.int. April 29, 2009)
You can't put a price tag on preparation for a pandemic.
Richard E. Besser (Acting Director of the CDC, in 2009) talking to Time Magazine in May, 2009)
We need to cooperate globally on epidemic preparedness and prevention in the same way we are cooperating globally to stop people from getting nuclear weapons.
[Bill Gates talking to Spiegal International in 2017]
But what happened to our care homes and carers in the UK, why were they the hardest hit?
It has been reported that there have been nearly 68’000 care home deaths in the UK in 2020, almost double on last year. In a survey by the QNI, the world’s oldest nursing charity, found that out of 70 nursing homes, 43 per cent received patients discharged from hospitals whose Covid-19 status was unknown.
A fifth of care homes said they received a patient from hospital who was positive for coronavirus.
[Richard Lintern, The Independent, August 22nd, 2020]
According to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the regulator for England. In a recent report monitoring the health of the market concluded:
Covid-19 is having a significant impact on the financial viability of adult social care services. Care homes that suffered the highest death tolls could go to the wall as consumers react.
[Robert Booth, The Guardian, August 28th, 2020.]
…finding, testing, isolating and immediately tracing the contacts of anybody who has Covid-19 should be at the heart of any campaign to combat the pandemic.
[Patrick Cockburn writing for the Independent on Wednesday 05 August 2020]
But, there is a solution….
The Enduring Net charity along with its collaborative partners in Blockpool and Fingo, have built a digital passport system that essentially all future ‘track and trace’ systems could be built on. Using the blockchain based SSI framework, the system not only encrypts the data used, it also complies with GDPR and EU data privacy laws in knowing where the data is at all times with the ability to delete that data instantly on request or by the individual themselves.
In this context, care homes were essentially used as ‘spill overs’ for the hospitals so that they could offload non critical ‘vulnerable’ patients back in to the care home system to make room for critical patients. This, unfortunately, was done without the due diligence it required to ensure safe transition and as a result the virus spread quickly amongst many a home throughout the country. There was no way of tracking the virus and so when it hit although the technology was available, it was not in place to do its job.
Enduring Net have been tasked by the Innovate UK initiative to combat this problem from happening again and we are proud to say our solution does just that.
Using our cloud-based system, we simply use Smart phones and in the relevant situations, biometrics, to register staff and patients into the system and assign their test information to that profile which is shown on access to the care facility each time they move between facilities.
When an individual is registered the system creates a wallet, a digitally secure profile, if you will, for that individual where all their personal information is stored and encrypted. When that individual requires access to the site, their smart phone or a finger (biometrics) is used to identify the individual. The system then connects the individual to their test results given by an issuer to verify who they are and what their health status is from a separate location.
At no time is the data combined in one place and at no time can the reception see any other data than their name and their test status. This is called zero knowledge Proof, (ZKP).
Therefore, what the system is doing by using only a finger or registered smart phone, is verifying that the person is who they say they are and that their test results are in fact correct for that person; this is all done by not giving away any other information in the process. This is called Self Sovereign Identification, (SSI).
This is the most secure and least intrusive way to identify and verify a safe passage of travel for care home staff and patients between facilities, that doesn’t contravene any EU privacy laws.
So, what could this mean for the public in general?
Using a system with SSI means we could hypothetically track the public without revealing any personal data or location history, as this is encrypted, with the option for that information to be deleted by the individual themselves. It simply lets the authorities know who is infected and who they came in to contact with during a given period of time.
This allows us to follow the virus and shut down an outbreak much quicker, thus limiting the spread of the virus. We take back control.
All within the data privacy laws.
This opens, up businesses, venues and stadia, keeping the economy safe and the public safer.