McGuireWoods’ Janice Suchyta Discusses Vaccine Passports in Texas Lawyer

May 6, 2021

Texas Lawyer quoted McGuireWoods Houston partner Janice Suchyta in two recent stories about key legal and operational questions surrounding digital vaccine. Her comments were published in the lead item in the April 30, 2021, “Texas Takeaways” column and in a separate story published May 4, 2021.

As COVID-19 vaccines become more available, a growing number of corporations and countries are considering requiring proof of vaccination for entry. Suchyta, a member of McGuireWoods’ digital health, technology and innovation group, explained how digital vaccine passports work, privacy concerns and technical challenges.

“First, vaccination programs would require a substantial collection of health data,” she said. “Broader utilization of such systems would be essential for facilitating the data sharing required to make vaccine passports effective.”

Suchyta also explained that applications must be compatible with multiple operating systems across organizational and technical boundaries.

“Digital vaccine passports are largely being designed by tech companies and nonprofits, which makes interoperability a challenge,” she said.

Suchyta co-hosts McGuireWoods’ Health+Tech podcast, which features healthcare innovators and keeps listeners up-to-date on the laws that apply to businesses at the intersection of healthcare and technology.

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