Dec 9, 2020

Secure digital ID verifying Covid vaccine status to launch

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covid-19 vaccine
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Leila Hawkins
2 min
Secure digital ID verifying Covid vaccine status to launch
Self sovereign ID platform along with an ecosystem of partners aim to help people in North America return to public life...

A group of North American companies have formed a consortium to enable easy verification of people's Covid status at a variety of public places. 

KABN North America is a fintech company that has created a proprietary, blockchain and biometrically-based digital identity verification platform called Liquid Avatar. The company has now joined forces with Lumedic Exchange, a digital healthcare platform, Loop Insights, who specialise in automatic contact tracing, The Campus Agency, a marketing firm that works with over 2,000 US colleges and universities; and TripXpertz, an organisation that works with over 1,000 travel and tourism boards, airlines and resorts. 

This partnership will enable qualified health professionals to issue a verifiable credential confirming the individual's health status so that venues and other facilities can grant them access or services.  

Liquid Avatar is a self sovereign identity (SSI) platform, where only the user has control over all their digital assets including wallets, passwords and identity. The platform has biometric validation for users to verify their identity and access credentials in a cloud-based, biometrically-secure application. 

Users can choose to share their data through easy-to-use avatars. When a request is made by a verifier, the user can choose what they wish to share, creating a private verification transaction between themselves and the verifier. The system uses a Trust over IP (TOIP) open standards framework, and can power credentials across a variety of digital wallets and applications. 

The aim is for this platform to enable people to safely access educational institutions, workplaces, trade shows, healthcare settings, sporting events, entertainment, travel, and places of worship among others.

The launch of this healthcare credential pilot is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2021 to coincide with the release of the Covid-19 vaccination program in North America. Eventually, the program will also support other types of vaccine, along with healthcare records.  

“We want to empower users to return to public life and the things they once did freely, pre-Covid-19, with ease and continued safety, with this and future credentials” said David Lucatch, CEO of KABN. 

“Our goal is to help get everyone back to life as efficiently and effectively as possible, so a sense of “normality” can be reestablished. Liquid Avatar and the ecosystem, together with this amazing group and a growing list of partners, will potentially enable businesses, schools, entertainment venues, and more do the normal things that they do and give users the power to engage with them as they did before the pandemic changed our lives.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Data de-identification - why it matters in healthcare

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patientdata
electronicmedicalrecords
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3 min
Riddhiman Das, co-founder and CEO of data privacy startup TripleBlind tells us why data de-identification is important in the healthcare sector

Large amounts of healthcare data is generated yet goes unused due to privacy concerns. To address this, data privacy firm TripleBlind has created Blind De-identification, a new approach that allows healthcare organisations to use patient data while eliminating the possibility of the user learning anything about the patient’s identity. 

We asked Riddhiman Das, co-founder and CEO to tell us more about data de-identification. 

Why is data de-identification important in healthcare? 
Blind De-identification allows every attribute of any given dataset to be used, even at an individual level, while being compliant to privacy laws, rules, and regulations by default.

Governments around the world are adopting global data privacy and residency laws like GDPR, which prohibit citizens’ personally identifiable information data from leaving the borders of the country. While great for data protection, data residency laws result in global silos of inaccessible data. TripleBlind allows computations to be done on enterprise-wise global data, while enforcing data residency regulations. 

In the US, HIPAA compliance has relied on what is called the Safe Harbor method, which requires removing 18 types of personal patient identifiers like names, email addresses, and medical record numbers. The Safe Harbor method can be too restrictive with the data or can leave too many indirect identifiers, which puts the patient data security at risk. Getting de-identification wrong could make an organisation liable for a costly mistake.

What does TripleBlind's solution do? 
With TripleBlind, data is legally de-identified in real time with practically 0% probability of re-identification. Our solution allows analytics on data containing personally identifiable information and protected health information  with zero possibility of re-identifying an individual from the dataset. This allows healthcare organisations to access more meaningful data, creating more accurate and less biased results.

For example, a healthcare drug researcher in a rural, predominantly white area, would only have patient data that would reflect their local population. With TripleBlind’s de-identification, they could more easily leverage third-party data from another healthcare facility in a more diverse region, creating a more complete data set that more accurately reflects the larger population. This has the possibility to create more accurate diagnoses and better drug results for more diverse populations.

How can healthcare organisations use this in practice? 
TripleBlind is blind to all data and algorithms. That means we never take possession of customer data. We only route traffic between entities, enforce permissions, and provide audit trails. The enterprise’s data remains under their control. TripleBlind does not host, copy or control their data, algorithms or other information assets, ever. 

We facilitate a connection to an encrypted version of their information assets. Our technology allows the algorithms and data to interact in an encrypted space that only exists for the duration of the operation. Organisations use their existing infrastructure, so it’s not hardware dependent.

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