FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

MagnaCerta offers innovative software solutions focused on the issuance of secure Digital Health Certificates (also sometimes called Health Credentials). MagnaCerta is designed to be used by health service providers such as diagnostic laboratories, clinics, hospital systems, and entities administering vaccines.

  • Health Service Providers can use MagnaCerta to issue a verifiable, tamperproof Digital Health Certificate to a patient.
  • Patients can use MagnaCerta to store their Digital Health Certificates in paper, or in the MagnaCerta Wallet, available in the iOS and Android app stores. Patients can also use their certificates within other partner frameworks such as The Commons Project.
  • Verifiers such as companies, schools, universities, airlines, airports, stadiums, and even other individuals can use the MagnaCerta Verifier app to verify someone’s certificate. The MagnaCerta Verifier app is freely available in the iOS and Android app stores.

MagnaCerta's Application Ecosystem

Digital Pen Web app for Health Service Providers

Digital Pen Web app for Health Service Providers

Administrative Tool for Organizations

Administrative Tool for Organizations

Wallet App for Patients

Wallet App for Patients

Verifier App

Verifier App

As a health service provider, you can use MagnaCerta to issue digital health certificates to patients after they have received a COVID-19 diagnostic test or a vaccine, in order for them to prove their health status to a verifier, such as an airline, a corporate building, a stadium, etc.

A Digital Health Certificate (often called health credential) is a document containing a patient’s health data such as lab results, with elements that make it secure, tamper-proof, verifiable, inclusive, and privacy-respecting. Most of these Digital Health Certificates make use of QR Codes where the data is contained, as well as a cryptographic proof that makes them impossible to modify or falsify.

By using the MagnaCerta platform, your patients can receive a Digital Health Certificate either digitally, or on paper (or both). Patients may keep their certificate in paper form and show it to a verifier such as an airline, who would in turn scan the QR codes in the certificate to check its validity.

Patients may also download the MagnaCerta Wallet to store their Digital Health Certificates in digital format. Once stored in the wallet, patients may present a certificate to be validated by a verifier.

Paper certificate
Digital certificate

Verifiers typically include airports, airlines, stadiums, corporate buildings, or other individuals. MagnaCerta has a Verifier mobile app that is freely available to anyone that would like to validate a Digital Health Certificate.

In addition to this, MagnaCerta has partnered with The Commons Project , backed by the World Economic Forum and the Rockefeller Foundation, to be able to read certificates and verify them on behalf of airports, airlines, and other verifiers in their network. Examples of these are include United Airlines, Lufthansa, JetBlue, Japan Airlines and many others.

By using MagnaCerta to issue digital health certificates, a health service provider can quickly become part of the CommonTrust Network and enable compatibility of certificates with all of its participants.

MagnaCerta’s issuance tools support the customizable output into different specifications and standards. The certificate schema is completely customizable, as well as the connection into a trust framework.

Having said that, most certificate specifications adhere to the W3C Verifiable Credentials standard. Our default certificate template adheres to the SMART Health Cards specification, which establishes the use of open standards such as Verifiable Credentials, HL7 FHIR, and JSON.

MagnaCerta is typically used in one of two ways. The first and simpler one is to use MagnaCerta’s Digital Pen web application in a browser to capture the data to be encoded into the certificate, and issue it to the patient.

The second way is to have MagnaCerta sit behind the scenes and integrated into your current systems in order to avoid re-capturing of data. This is done through a Docker container that lives in your infrastructure and is simple to implement.

No, the way we designed MagnaCerta allows us to avoid seeing or touching patient data at all times. Digital Health Certificates are created locally (either in a browser or in local customer infrastructure). A hash of the certificate (that is impossible to decode) is then sent to our cloud in order to generate the cryptographic proof. Once our server returns the cryptographic proof, the final signed version of the certificate is built locally as well.

The Commons Project, The World Economic Forum and a broad coalition of public and private partners have collaborated to launch CommonPass, a trusted, globally-interoperable platform for people to document their COVID-19 status (health declarations / PCR tests / vaccinations) to satisfy country entry requirements, while protecting their health data privacy. CommonPass lets individuals access their lab results and vaccination records, and consent to have that information used to validate their COVID status without revealing any other underlying personal health information.

The CommonPass platform assesses whether the individual’s lab test results or vaccination records (1) come from a trusted source, and (2) satisfy the health screening requirements of the country they want to enter. CommonPass delivers a simple yes/no answer as to whether the individual meets the current entry criteria, but the underlying health information stays in the individual’s control.

Digital Health Certificates created by the MagnaCerta platform are compatible with CommonPass. Once the patient has a Certificate issued by MagnaCerta, they can easily scan or import their Health Certificates into CommonPass.

The CommonTrust Network is a coalition of private and public partners, which aims to enable people to demonstrate their health status in compliance with country entry requirements while protecting their data privacy. By doing so, it is hoped that international borders can be opened more safely and economic activity resumed.

The initiative sees participating countries, jurisdictions and other destinations, including airlines, ships, public transport, hotels, venues, events, offices and schools, agree to publish and maintain their health entry requirements using a standard machine-readable format in the CommonTrust Registry.

The CommonTrust Network is creating a global registry of trusted health data sources, standard formats for lab results, and standard tools to make those results and records digitally accessible.

New diagnostics partners include global healthcare company Roche, and laboratories LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics, who have joined along with the global diagnostics non-profit organization, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). These health information partners will allow more individuals to readily gain digital access to their health data, including lab test results and potentially future vaccination records. Cigna, the largest provider of health insurance products and services to expatriates and the globally mobile, has also joined the CommonTrust Network.

An early supporter, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) formally joined the CommonTrust Network, reinforcing its strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum, which aims to promote secure, sustainable and resilient travel and tourism.

In aviation, Cathay Pacific Airways also joins CommonTrust Network airlines JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, which will begin the roll-out of CommonTrust-enabled routes on select flights departing from Boston, Hong Kong, London and New York.

MagnaCerta is a solutions partner to The Commons Project. When a health service provider uses MagnaCerta, it can also join the CommonTrust Network in order to enable Digital Health Certificates to be verified by CommonPass.

No, this is a separate process. Once you are onboarded with MagnaCerta, you will have to sign the CommonTrust Network agreement and go through a series of eligibility requirement checks.

MagnaCerta was founded by a group of technology veterans with decades-long experience in developing mission-critical systems for different industries including travel, hospitality, oil and gas, among others.

Our group is led by Paul Maritz, who was the third ranking executive at Microsoft during the 1990s, and also went on to become the CEO of VMWare. Many of our advisors worked with Paul in some capacity to develop legendary systems such as Microsoft Windows.

Alfonso Olvera, our CEO, has over 25 years of experience in building technology businesses and managing software development teams. His previous experience includes having built a startup for critical inventory control systems in the oil and gas industry, through which he had a successful exit in 2017.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, MagnaCerta does not have a physical office. Instead, we have a highly distributed team that includes employees and advisors in Mexico City, Austin, Seattle, London, Geneva, Berlin, among others.

Having said that, most of our core team is located in Mexico City.

MagnaCerta is being used by diagnostic laboratories in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. We are in the process of onboarding more health service providers, including partners in other geographies outside of the Americas.

We are now offering a free trial for 90 days in which a health service provider can implement the MagnaCerta service and issue an unlimited amount of Digital Health Certificates. After this trial period concludes, the customer may decide to keep MagnaCerta for a cost per certificate issued. MagnaCerta does not charge for implementation, training, or support.

If the customer would like to use the frontend web application to issue Digital Health Certificates, full onboarding can take approximately 2 weeks.

If the customer would like to integrate their current system to issue Digital Health Certificates through the MagnaCerta platform, implementation time depends on their technical expertise and availability. However, we make it extremely simple to integrate and we will help as much as possible.

We make it very easy for a health service provider to issue Digital Health Certificates through their existing system. Our integration package consists on installing a public Docker container in your existing infrastructure. This will open a local API that your application can call with simple parameters used for the data that needs to be encoded into the Digital Health Certificate.

Once the call is received by the local app in the Docker container, the Certificate will be constructed, and its hash will be sent to the cloud for signature. A cryptographic proof will be returned and the final, signed Certificate will be generated. Please note that this process does not involve sending any patient data to our cloud.

Once the final, signed certificate is generated, the Docker container can return multiple elements:

  • A PDF file with the health service provider’s logo and certificate details, as well as the QR Code(s) for verification.
  • An image (PNG file) of the QR Code(s) used for verification, which can be embedded into the regular documentation delivered to patients by the integrating system.
  • A JSON payload of the Digital Health Certificate.