Roundup: Rfider links COVID-19 test with digital health pass for travel, Vietnam’s tourism app features health declaration form and more briefs

New Zealand-based Rfider links COVID-19 test with digital health pass for travel

New Zealand software firm Rfider has enabled a COVID-19 test in Singapore to connect with a digital health pass for international travel.

In a statement, the company said it has been chosen by Invitrocue, a Singapore-based bioanalytic solutions provider, to empower its saliva-based antigen and PCR-based COVID-19 tests with a technology that allows tracking, tracing and verification. 

Through Rfider’s platform, the Invitrocue tests provide users with a unique ID that helps prevent counterfeiting and enables test results authentication. 

It is also able to securely send the test reports to their mobile devices to be used as a travel pass. 

Rfider says its technology has established compatibility with the Verity platform for such a purpose. Created by self-sovereign identity applications developer Evernym, the said platform is behind the digital health pass of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is now being trialled at over 40 airlines globally, including the Australian flag carrier Qantas

“We are pleased to be working with Rfider to make this possible. With this partnership, individuals will be able to store their health data securely on their mobile device and privately share it with trusted providers and authorities with the tap of a button,” Evernym VP of Product James Monaghan said.

The Rfider technology, according to chief executive John Pennington, helps cut down the time to deliver test reports to workers at hospitality and tourism venues, which in turn, ushers in the recovery of in-person events around the world. 

Dr Stephen Fang, executive director of Invitrocue, said its partnership with Rfider enabled them to “scale the deployment” of their testing platform and deliver results to users and even to decision makers in “real-time”. “It is a step-change in not only the way testing is conducted but how we can get better data faster,” he added.

Health declaration form integrated in Vietnam’s tourism app 

Vietnam’s mobile tourism app called “Du lick Viet Nam an toan” now features a health declaration form.

According to a news report, the inclusion of the health declaration form, which connects to a system managed by the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, is part of health authorities’ efforts to enhance their pandemic response. Adding the new feature also removes the need for users to switch to another platform just to fill out the form.

Launched last year in October by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the mobile app contains a digital map that shows information on restaurants, hotels, apartments, entertainment places, transport providers, hospitals and pharmacies.

The tourism app also provides the most updated information about the COVID-19 situation in any destination, including details about infection cases and the number of recovered patients.

Developers are working to add other features, such as COVID-19 safety verification, COVID-19 vaccine certification, health records, travel insurance and e-tickets.

The news report noted that due to the prevailing travel restrictions and border closures, there were only about 105,000 international tourist arrivals recorded in the country in the first eight months of 2021, a 97% decline compared to the same period in 2020. 

Indian medical news portal goes mobile

Medical Dialogues, an online medical news portal in India, has launched its mobile app for Android and iOS devices. 

The Google news-registered portal provides medical news, guidelines, interesting cases and news about the healthcare industry. It claims to have over two million visits each month. The news site has a HONcode certification for bringing authentic health information on the internet.

Its development, according to the company, comes following demand from over 600,000 medical fraternities who are registered users of the portal.

Aiming to empower and update doctors with medical knowledge, the app contains new features such as video library, webinars for doctors and interactive modules like quizzes, surveys and polls.

“As the pioneer of risk management in the country, doctors have to be associated with the medical updates under the COVID-19 guidelines as the virus is taking a new shape every week. Doctors need to be updated with the latest information about COVID-19. With maintaining the dictum of offering the best service, Medical Dialogues has launched the app for healthcare and medical professionals,” Dr Prem Aggarwal, co-founder of Medical Dialogues, said.

Vietnamese-American charity group extends free teleconsultations to COVID-19 patients in Vietnam

Vietnamese-American charity organisation Good Samaritan Medical Dental Ministry has collaborated with the provinces of Dong Nai and Tien Giang in Vietnam to deliver free remote doctor consultations with COVID-19 patients at home.

According to a news report, a telemedicine system will be used to connect the patients with doctors in the US and Vietnam for virtual consultations. 

The report noted that Dong Nai and Tien Giang are among southern provinces in the country that reported high incidences of COVID-19 infections. In Dong Nai, for instance, around 23,000 citizens have contracted the disease with over 200 people already dead.

The charity group said they could accommodate between 200 and 300 COVID-19 patients for consultations “every four hours”. They also offered help to deliver blood oxygen monitoring devices and oxygen concentrators from the government to patients needing them.

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Uplift Signs Travel BNPL Clients and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/11/21 – Digital Transactions

  • Buy now, pay later specialist Uplift Inc. said it signed new travel brands and experienced a 72% growth in monthly transaction revenue in the 2020 fourth quarter. New clients coming online in the second quarter include Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Virgin Voyages, and Air Canada Vacations.
  • ACI Worldwide Inc. said it and Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a fuel dispenser manufacturer, are collaborating on certifying ACI’s point-to-point encryption service for use at pumps.
  • Ekata Inc., a specialist in digital-identity verification data, reported it added more than 300 clients in 2020, including processors and Klarna AB. Transaction volume grew 170% in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and 151% in the Asia-Pacific region, compared to 2019. Absolute figures were not released.
  • Investment firm Sino United Worldwide Consolidated Ltd. said it has formed a New York City-based joint venture with digital-payments platform QQ Pay Australia to enter the peer-to-peer, business-to-consumer, and business-to-business payments markets in the United States.
  • NICE Actimize launched WL-X, a screening technology incorporating artificial intelligence to help financial-services firms screen persons and payments against required sanctions lists.
  • Blue Ridge Bank N.A. announced it is the first commercial bank to offer access to Bitcoin at branch locations. The bank, which is working with ATM operator BluePoint ATM Solutions and Bitcoin ATM software vendor LibertyX, said its cardholders can buy and redeem the cryptocurrency at 19 bank ATMs at both branches and off-site locations.
  • Financial-services provider Populus Financial Group launched its Porte mobile-banking app, which works with a Visa-branded debit card. Supporting the product are MetaBank N.A. and NetSpend, a unit of Global Payments Inc.
  • ATM networker Cardtronics plc said has agreed to grant surcharge-free cash access to users of Clair, an app that lets hourly workers get instant advances on earned wages. Cardtronics, which links 285,000 ATMs across 10 countries, recently agreed to be acquired by NCR Corp.
  • PayByPhone Technologies Inc. said the city of Denver is expanding the mobile payment service to more than 6,000 on-street parking spaces.
  • Mesh Payments, a startup specializing in cardless corporate payments, raised $13 million in a funding round led by TLV Partners.
  • Marble, a digital wallet and loyalty platform that enables consumers to manage their insurance payments and details, said it raised $2.5 million in seed-round funding.

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