Apple has revealed plans to support “verifiable health records,” including COVID-19 vaccination cards to its Wallet applications for identification and payments in the upcoming software update.
The company announced on its website for developers that its Health application was updated to iOS 15 to allow medical records that meet the Health Cards specification. Health Cards standard was developed in collaboration with the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program. The records will soon be added to Wallet which comes available on all iPhone or Apple Watches.
Apple announced that consumers will shortly be capable to “choose to add verifiable COVID-19 vaccination records as a vaccination card in Apple Wallet to present to businesses, venues, and more.” Apple is also working on letting users and developers “use a new button to let users know that they can securely download and store their vaccination information in the Health app and quickly add and present it from Wallet.”
It’s part of the ongoing campaign to create a Wallet more than an application for payment transactions. It’s technically been more than just an interface for Apple Pay since its debut. However, the launch of iOS 15 has greatly expanded its capabilities by permitting it to be utilized to access transportation services, store student IDs, control digital car keys, and handle government-issued IDs in states with participating.
It has centered heavily in the area of COVID-19 since the beginning of the epidemic. It has also added the ability for exposure alerts and made it easier to locate vaccine sites within the US through Apple Maps. It combated attempts to use the App Store to disseminate false information or gather personal data using contact-tracing software restricting the group to authorized institutions.
Apple hasn’t stated when it’s going to launch the update that will add verified health records to Wallet However, MacRumors has reported that the feature will come in iOS 15.1’s version.