Developers of the NHG-connected mobile healthcare management app should introduce a vaccination confirmation feature – prepared along with V-Health passports – designed to allow Apple iPhone users to prove their vaccination status against Covid-19, with an Android version to follow immediately .
Named myGP TICKet, this feature has already been piloted by two nursing home operators, Barchester Healthcare and Lillian Faithful Care Homes, to allow their staff to safely and easily demonstrate their vaccination status when working with vulnerable seniors.
The feature can be accessed from the app and will show if the user is considered sufficiently protected from Covid-19 by displaying a green mark around the user’s photo 12 days after the second dose of vaccine. MyGP developer iPlato said this would act as a “clinically secured” means of proving vaccination status, in real time, generated directly from the patient’s NHS records.
A more comprehensive version of the feature, which will include recent Covid-19 test results, antibody test results, or evidence of vaccine exemption for individuals who may be medically incapable of receiving the vaccine, will be released in the next few weeks. The feature will only be available to those who have specifically requested and enabled it.
“Recognizing the likelihood that a user may need or really want to show their vaccination status, we developed this feature to isolate only vaccination information while maintaining the confidentiality of other data in medical records,” said Hillary Cannon, director of innovation at myGP TICKet.
“The patient controls all access and nothing is stored or displayed without the explicit consent of the user.”
“We all know that locks and social distancing have brought live events, restaurants and the catering sector to their knees. My passionate project was to reopen those businesses as soon as possible or as close to it as possible. The real beauty of this technology is that it is universal and available to anyone registered at a doctor’s office in England. “
The broader application of myGP is already available to patients by approximately 97% of GPs and is estimated to have more than 200,000 users each month using it to access their health records, order repeat prescriptions, schedule appointments, monitor their own health and complement the health service approach.
IPlato and V-Health are also in talks with organizations outside the health sector ahead of broader planned reopens scheduled across the UK in the coming weeks and months. Among them are sports teams such as Harlequins Rugby, who have expressed interest in piloting the solution in hopes of hosting live matches at full capacity sooner rather than later.
Harlequins CEO Laurie Dalrymple said current social distancing measures mean The Stoop, a club in West London, can only operate at 50% capacity, but that it is not a financially viable business model.
“We are therefore very interested in considering all kinds of innovative solutions that could certainly help the return of more fans to stadiums,” Dalrymple said.
“The myGP application looks like an interesting technological solution and we are interested in cooperating to promote this new tool to our supporters in the future. This would be completely optional for our supporters – those who would like to download the app and show their vaccination status upon entry, for example, can do so to help test the technology in a living environment. Any supporter who does not want to, will not be obliged. “
Meanwhile, the government appears to be making progress with its own vaccine passport schemes. According to a job advertisement that first appeared in Guido Fawkes ’Order Order, NHSX recruits a number of roles in Leeds working on developing“ both digital and non-digital options to enable UK residents to confirm their Covid status ”. Applications for applications close on April 23, starting on May 4.