Digital Health Passports Ease Path for In-Person Events

March 1, 2021
Digital Health Passports Ease Path for In-Person Events

International travelers are used to presenting passports to enter foreign countries. Event attendees may very well have a similar requirement going forward — one tracking health status. is quickly establishing itself as the go-to platform for major organizations to ensure safety while bringing back face-to-face events. With clients including the U.S. Olympic Committee, Major League Baseball, universities and live events, the cloud-based software’s offerings include a digital passport providing proof of vaccinations. 

The offering comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines prioritizing hotel workers to be part of Phase 1c of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, opening the door for more event professionals to be eligible for vaccines soon.

In February, announced that it has joined with Fern, one of the largest event and production contractors in North America, to deploy its all-new digital health passport app and private vaccine registry—Fern HealthCheck—to ease the safe return to work for thousands of employees and contractors, as well as participants of live events and in-person conferences, across the United States. 

The partnerships allows for the following:

  • A digital health passport allowing individuals to control who sees their health status and for how long;
  • Vaccine credentials sharing and digital management;
  • COVID-19 testing with verification and certification;
  • Event organizers manage health and safety of event staff, attendees and exhibitors with analytics and dashboard reporting;
  • Interoperability with industry and government registration and mobile app solutions in a HIPAA-compliant manner.

“The organizer can apply their own protocol of testing to balance out their comfort level with risk, cost and attendee experience,” said Galen Murdock, founder and CEO of

Ideal for today’s challenges moving past the pandemic, originally conceived of its services to assist homeless shelters access health and medical records without sacrificing guaranteed patient privacy. It then transitioned to include universities before expanding to events.

More than a status report, the platform is a full-testing solution. Attendees begin the process at home (or office) prior to a trade show or conference to minimize exposure risk at the event. Partnering labs process up to 15,000 tests per day, allowing the platform to serve events with more than 50,000 participants/attendees. 

Here is how it works: 

  • The attendee receives the testing kits at home
  • He or she takes the saliva-based test and ships it overnight to the lab
  • Results are securely transmitted to the attendee via the secure app
  • The results are instantaneously integrated into state and organization’s systems
  • The attendee shares the results as a virtual passport to enter the conference or trade show.

“The platform creates a ‘bubble’ for an event, with health-based access control at every entrance,” Murdock explained.

Digital Health Passports Ease Path for In-Person EventsAttendees choose with whom, when, where and for how long their information is shared. Organizers can integrate the process into their own pre-existing registration systems. The platform coordinates with testing administrators like CVS and other health care providers.

Applications extend beyond the pandemic, even if COVID-19 evolves to endemic (ongoing) status. Murdock noted the platform can be used for HIV, SARS and variant treatment, as well as testing legal and illegal drugs, including steroids (important for sporting events). is gaining popularity at a time when health concerns for attendees have never been higher. Organizations across the world and all industries are adopting additional measures to put attendees’ minds at ease.

For instance, Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions recently launched VisionSAFE, a comprehensive set of health and safety guidelines, policies and resources designed to support a safe experience at Vision Expo East 2021, which is scheduled to take place June 2–5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Similarly, Informa set specific measures in place for its fashion show, MAGIC, as did Tarsus for OFFPRICE. The efforts are examples of the customization required to attend the specific needs of each conference or event—one-size-fit-all solutions are impractical given different venues, attendee expectations and status of the virus.


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