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Travel Password, a free app that lets you store your medical records on your smartphone

A number of private initiatives are emerging in Corsica to boost and reinforce the island’s desire to offer holidays that are free from major health-related concerns. Travel Password is a great example. The app was created by Paul Marcaggi, a doctor working in emergency care coordination for Ajaccio’s emergency health service (SAMU), and lets people upload medical records containing their essential information to their smartphones before travelling.

Offering security, reliability, ease of use and convenience, this application is an indispensable companion for its user in a context in which the evolution of health policies in Europe may soon require that digital tools be used to attest to a person’s immunity so that they can travel.

 3 questions for Paul Marcaggi, creator of Travel Password

Paul Marcaggi, creator of Travel Password

Who is the Travel Password app designed for?

“The Travel Password app was not created exclusively for the Covid 19 pandemic or for travellers. Translated into 8 languages (soon to be 11), it was designed for use by the general public, government bodies and companies! It can be used by anyone in their day to day life. For standard vaccination follow-up, or a pregnant woman who wants to centralise her pregnancy care, or for individuals suffering from chronic conditions such as diabetes who require a higher level of monitoring. It gives users access to their medical records from their smartphone. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself away from home, whether on a skiing holiday, diving in the Bahamas or on a work trip, without your medical information when you need it.”

 

How does this app work?

“The app can be downloaded for free from the Google and Apple stores. It is very easy to use!

The user is identified the first time they sign in and he or she then feeds the app their information, guided through a highly intuitive process by its menu. The user then enters all of their health-related data by uploading photos of vaccination certificates, tests and medical exam reports etc. to the app. In terms of reliability, all of this medical information can be approved by any doctor. The health care professional enters information concerning them: their reference number, their identity etc.; they approve the user’s information - and this approval can be seen via the QR Code through a message attesting that a doctor has authenticated the information. Thanks to this QR code and photos of their test and vaccination certificate, users can prove their health status at any time.

Regarding security, Travel Password has an enhanced security system with different personal access codes for the app. Consequently, nobody can use the app without its user’s permission; Travel Password fully respects medical confidentiality! It also complies with the standards set out by the GDPR and CNIL [French Data Protection Authority].”

What are the advantages for users?

“Travel Password is a digital tool for medical aid and prevention, and the only operational French app on the market. It lets users take their medical records with them wherever they go and consult or update them in real time, even when travelling to areas lacking internet access.

Offering security, reliability, ease of use and convenience, this application is an indispensable companion for its user in a context in which the evolution of health policies in Europe may soon require that digital tools be used to attest to a person’s immunity so that they can travel.

A real swiss-army knife for Covid 19, Travel Password marks the prefiguration of the health passport.”

● Travel Password, a confidential digital medical file

Travel Password lets travellers carry their medical information with them, so they can be used by the emergency services, if required, or by users themselves, at any time and in any situation.

It’s a piece of digital technology which makes a traveller’s personal medical data immediately accessible to them.

Once the app has been downloaded, it’s very easy to use:
► Documents are uploaded as photos for easy data storage. These photos remain in the phone, and are transferable and printable.
► Medical information can be accessed at any time, even without Wifi network access or an internet connection.
► The medical file can be transferred to an email account.
► A multi-language translation tool is provided so the app can be used when travelling abroad.
► A user’s medical data can be verified by their doctor.

 

The Travel Password app was designed to make travelling easier: in addition to an individual’s medical information, it also contains the official IATA form used by airlines and the form used by the majority of travel companies: cruise companies, maritime shipping companies, hotel groups etc. The form is filled in prior to travelling then converted into a QR code. This form is not connected to the medical file: it does not contain any medical information, but is simply an official document enabling the bearer to travel.

Data can be stored in the phone, making it possible to create a travel history. Thus, for each subsequent journey, only that information different from the previous journey need be entered.

Transport companies will use a special app to read and store passengers’ QR codes. These companies will receive this special app after signing a contract with Travel Password. Using this app, a steward can easily scan a passenger’s QR code, without the need for paper or physical contact.

The application facilitates the retrieval and extraction of certain passenger information where necessary. The form can be transferred by Bluetooth or email to the airline’s cloud storage, immediately after boarding. This solution facilitates the work for crew members, reduces the costs of managing mandatory procedures and clerical errors, while also making it possible to optimise the cost/efficiency ratio.

Travel Password lets every traveller carry their medical records with them at all times so the emergency services, if needed, or they themselves can use them, at any time and in any situation.

 
 

 

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