There are several parties involved in the sharing of the information contained in a SMART Health Card, from its origin to its use in real-world situations where trustworthy, secure, verifiable clinical information is needed.
The Issuer is the party that generates the SMART Health Card with secure clinical information
The issuer provides an Individual with a SMART Health Card that contains a QR code
The Individual keeps their SMART Health Card where they wish—in digital format or as a paper copy—and shares when they choose to
The Verifier verifies that the information they receive from an individual was generated by a trusted issuer
There are hundreds of clinical and government entities in the United States and worldwide issuing SMART Health Cards.
For all of us to have confidence in vaccination credentials and test results, we need to be able to trust the issuing organizations. That's why the VCI coalition has created the VCI Directory as a publicly available list of approved issuers. The directory's sole purpose is to make sure organizations accepting SMART Health Cards have a reliable source they can trust when they are verifying these cards.
Each SMART Health Card contains tamper-proof information about the organization that issued it. Verifiers use a SMART Health Card verifier app, which automatically makes sure the information has not been changed and that it comes from an approved and trusted issuer.
Verification starts with issuers. An issuer is any organization authorized by the VCI coalition to generate these cards, including pharmacies, hospitals, public health agencies, and more.
Potential issuers must be vetted by the VCI Directory prior to receiving permission to issue SMART Health Cards.
Each SMART Health Card contains tamper-proof information about the organization that issued it. This gives verifying organizations confidence the card was issued by a trusted source.
Scanner apps read the QR code on the SMART Health Card to ensure the legitimacy of the card they're verifying.
SMART Health Cards can help you easily share your clinical information with an organization that asks for it.
For example, some airports may ask to verify your clinical information, including vaccination status, for certain types of travel. You may also be asked to show your clinical information to register for school or at your workplace. Watch this video to learn how to add SMART Health Cards to a digital wallet for quick and easy access when needed.
SMART Health Cards contain just the information required to display your vaccination history and/or test status, and the choice to share your Card is up to you. In most cases that means: