Heading to a concert venue or restaurant that requires proof of COVID vaccination? Need to show your boss you got tested? If your medical records are in Epic System’s MyChart software, you might be able to leave your vaccine card at home.
That’s because the Verona-based health records software company has added a new function to its patient portal, allowing patients to view their COVID-19 vaccination or testing records and show them to others without revealing other personal information. It also allows patients to display a QR code that businesses and event organizers can scan with the SMART Health Card Verifier app, a specialized QR code reader developed by the Commons Project Foundation.
Epic, the biggest player in the health records software business, added the digital vaccine credential to its MyChart software this summer without fanfare. Rather than advertise it to the public, the company alerted its health care system clients that they could choose to enable the feature and promote it among their patients. The clients began implementing it in July, and the list has been growing since, the company said.