Use Case 2
Foreign Healthcare Worker Verification
Due to an aging population in the United States, our nation’s economy is facing a shortage of healthcare professionals that will increase over the next few decades. As the Baby Boomer generation (the largest in our country’s history) hits retirement age, we are seeing a simultaneous increase in the number of elders who require more medical services, and a decrease in the working adult population in the US. The Millenial and Gen Z populations simply do not have the numbers to be able to make up for the labor vacuum, and its presence will lead to longer patient wait times, a decrease in the quality of care, and an unsustainable burden on existing healthcare infrastructure.
The United States has always used immigration to subsidize its economic growth. The only viable solution to tackle our current labor shortage in any meaningful volume is the immigration of foreign-born medical professionals into the US labor force. This will lead to an increase in the US population that serves to address our skilled labor shortage, while also growing our economy as well as reaping the additional benefits that come from the integration of diverse and intelligent individuals and families. This solution requires a more efficient but still secure means of validating individual identities, as well as medical credentials for worker eligibility in key roles in the United States.
Users have a mobile digital wallet containing their identity as well as their academic and workplace credentials that can be viewed and verified with the owner’s permission.
This wallet can be used to verify the owner’s immigration status within the United States to immigration agents as well as potential employers.
The wallet can also contain the verifiable certifications of education and training to validate the owner’s credentials and authorization to practice medicine.
Foreign-born healthcare professionals can have their credentials verified without the need for an intermediary, allowing them to begin working and earning an income faster.
DHS employees can validate credentials more efficiently, saving time and resources that would be spent hunting down details from foreign institutions.
Domestic healthcare organizations can more efficiently validate healthcare workers’ credentials to verify their eligibility for employment without compromising their due diligence and opening themselves up to liability
Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
The Shortage of Healthcare Workers in the U.S.
Immigrant Health-Care Workers in the United States