During COVID, DIVOC became a hallmark for Trust, Empowerment and Experience in public Healthcare. As part of DIVOC 3.0 release, a roundtable on “Mainstreaming Verifiable Credentials: The Road Ahead..” was organised. As the use of digital identities and verifiable credentials continues to grow in importance, this round-table discussion provided a platform for industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders to come together and explore the opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming these technologies.
DIVOC 3.0 capabilities now make it technically feasible for nations to offer Verifiable Credentials as a service, said Pradipta Kundu, Health Mission leader.
Nita Tyagi, director Partnerships Health, opened the round table session on “Mainstreaming VCs- the road ahead “ seeking “What more will it take to unlock access to services and empower individuals and communities through control and ownership of their data”
Dasun Hegoda, Director ICTA representing Govt. said “ In SriLanka’s digital transformation strategy for Health VC is a key focus area to enable digital transformation as the features of instant and seamless verification without delays, tamper proof , multi channel options and portability enables a Govt. body to build security and trust as a Govt. body which is paramount for us in our digital transformation journey. He added that the Role of the Govt is to build policies and enable private players to build products to serve citizens better. Govt. should put in place Governance and procedures to create enabling policies”
Junius Ho, co-founder and CPO Affinidi said “Affinidi is reversing data ownership data by solving real-world problems. Our solutions have created an impact for patients and hospitals with HealthPocket, and for blue-collar workers with Asli ID. He added that Divoc 3.0 makes is so much more accessible for developers to build more customer / patient centric apps with portable data that is privacy preserving and secure making the experience super powerful”
Rajeesh from FIDE representing the open source community said that “ Historically addressing the problem of interoperability was difficult because we could not crack the problem of portability. But VC gave the right alternative to micro data, specific health records- their portability and verifiability in limited resource context can be a gamechanger. He called for collaboration from both Govts and markets , to partner and participate in execution pilots. He highlighted that just as in COVID the policy infra moved as fast as the tech infra, it continues to be the most important factor in enabling real use cases in future”
Recently, the Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology opened the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 DPDPBill for consultation and feedback and eGov Foundation submitted