Simply days after cell app monitoring specialist App Annie recorded a flood of downloads of the UK Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) App, after it was chosen to certify Covid-19 vaccine standing on 7 Might, official knowledge has proven that simply over 1.3 million new individuals have registered to make use of the cell app since that point.
The info launched by the UK’s Division of Well being and Social Care additionally confirmed that since 10 Might there have been 1,410,386 downloads of the NHS App and 1,302,611 new registered customers. Since Monday 17 Might, individuals have logged into the NHS App greater than 4 million instances and it now has greater than 4.8 million registered customers in complete.
The UK authorities first mooted the concept of utilizing an app as a digital vaccination passport in April 2021. On 12 Might, the official NHS App was chosen because the digital mechanism by which a citizen’s Covid vaccination standing can be indicated. The NHS App is at the moment utilized by sufferers to ebook appointments, order repeat prescriptions and think about medical information.
It got here as a shock to some that the final NHS App was chosen to point Covid-19 standing, and never the nation’s devoted Covid-19 contact-tracing app, which, after a list of delays, missteps and an entire technological volte-face, was formally launched on 24 September 2020 – greater than 4 months later than initially proposed.
Customers of the NHS App, which is on the market to UK residents aged 13 or over and registered with a GP in England, at the moment are capable of entry their Covid-19 vaccination standing. The app – designed consistent with World Well being Organisation (WHO) interim steerage – is without doubt one of the first internationally compliant techniques to reveal vaccine standing on the earth. This proof of vaccination function has been added to the NHS App to fulfill necessities of entry to bars, museums and different venues within the UK and overseas.
Even because it was making its announcement, the UK authorities emphasised that, at current, not many international locations have been accepting the NHS App as proof of vaccination. It suggested that, in the meanwhile, most individuals would nonetheless must observe different guidelines when travelling overseas, similar to acquiring a detrimental pre-departure check.
The UK authorities say that the individuals have been additionally accessing companies extra simply, with practically 90,000 individuals since Monday utilizing the app to order repeat prescriptions, saving clinicians and sufferers beneficial time. Furthermore, the enhance in downloads is being seen as having life-saving advantages, as 11,483 further individuals registered their choice for organ donation by way of the NHS App in simply 4 days. Some 8,091 appointments have been booked by way of the NHS App, a each day common of two,002. That is double the each day common of appointments booked in April of round 1,000.
The app was developed by the digital arm of the Nationwide Well being Service, NHSX. Commenting on the efficiency of the app, NHSX chief govt Matthew Gould mentioned: “This has been stood up in a matter of weeks, by a crew working each hour to make sure we delivered a user-friendly service on time. We’re actually happy with the way it’s been acquired, and much more happy to see it get so many individuals utilizing the net companies of the NHS.”
UK Well being and social care secretary Matt Hancock added: “The strides in expertise and innovation we’ve made all through the pandemic are having actual penalties past preventing this virus – they’re making therapy, prognosis and care higher for sufferers. I need to thank all my colleagues at NHSX and NHS Digital who helped us to ship the Covid-19 vaccine standing service so rapidly.
“The tempo we’ve introduced this to fruition is unparalleled and it’s bringing fast advantages to our wider well being service,” he mentioned.