ELLSWORTH — Ensuring you always have access to your COVID-19 vaccination information just got easier. Northern Light Health has announced that COVID-19 vaccination records are now available as SMART Health Cards through the organization’s patient portal website and app. The SMART Health Card feature allows patients to share limited amount of information, such as a vaccine record, with verifiers portably and securely.
Having access to her SMART Health Card made Ellsworth’s Jane Langley’s plans to travel to Singapore easier. She shared, “The Singapore government would only accept the SMART Health digital card. I had been in contact with state and federal officials about this matter as well as Northern Light Health. Thanks to Northern Light Health’s proactive attention to the matter, I was able to register my information with the Singapore government this week and got my Vaccinated Travel Pass! Like many families, we’ve been waiting to reconnect with loved ones for many months. With the digital pass, I’ll be able to see my daughter and hug my new grandchild! We are eternally grateful for the responsiveness from Northern Light on this issue.”
“While many places in Maine do not require vaccination verification at this time, proof of vaccination is often required for travel and to attend events around the U.S. and in other countries,” said Dr. James Jarvis, physician leader, Incident Command, Northern Light Health, and director of clinical education, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “We are living in a digital age, and by giving our patients the option to use the SMART Health Card, we are finding another way to make healthcare work for those we are proud to serve in Maine.”
Northern Light Health SMART Health Cards meet U.S. and global efforts to define a digital vaccination card standard. To learn more about the development of these standards, visit the VCI voluntary coalition webpage, VCI.org. Community members who were vaccinated through Northern Light Health can access their SMART Health Card by logging into their patient portal at MyNorthernLightHealth from a phone, tablet or desktop computer.