Vottun Announces Blockchain-Backed COVID-19 Test Result Verification to Help Sports Reopen

By Sam Brake Guia June 18, 2020

Vottun today announces its platform to issue secure, independently-verifiable COVID-19 test results via its blockchain technologies. The platform will be able to provide real-time health verification for workers and people attending sporting events after the COVID-19 lockdown. 

COVID-19 has brought the sporting world to a standstill. Matches have been suspended, venues have closed, and international events cancelled. The impact is predicted to cost the sporting world at least $12 billion.  Vottun technology can be used to help bring these events back safely.

Following the introduction of the Californian bill that authorizes the use of blockchain-based technology to provide verifiable credentials for medical test results (including COVID-19 antibody tests), Vottun has released a full platform that allows issuers, including public entities, to issue COVID-19 test results to individuals based on the W3C verifiable credentials standards with decentralized identifiers (DIDs) per the AB-2004 Medical test results bill recently passed in California. As the availability and easy access to COVID-19 testing increases, Vottun is aiding the return to normal life via the reopening of universities, sporting, and live music events.

Using data from medical labs, Vottun securely encrypts de-identified test results. With unique credentials, workers and employers can see the information via a mobile app and get real-time verification about individuals’ health status. All the processes comply with HIPAA, and are easy to use, with no training required. The verification then means people can be safely approved to enter sports premises, and no time is spent waiting for third-party confirmations.  The solution also includes contact tracing and a health questionnaire that can be used as a pre-evaluation tool before testing.

The next steps in Vottun’s launch will involve creating partnerships with providers, test makers, and labs for rapid deployment across the U.S., and is already a part of an alliance of various technology partners focused on providing solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.  After, Vottun will seek government agency partners to mandate tests and verify systems, ensuring athletes and sports fans return to training and events as soon as possible.

Disclosure: This article includes a client of an Espacio portfolio company