Digital Health’s senior reporter, Andrea Downey, looks back at the NHS contact-tracing app, which was first announced back in March.
The solutions must enable secure messaging; image sharing; staff directory linked to the NHS.net address book; and calls.
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Apple and Google’s APIs only work with a decentralised system, which leaves many iPhones incompatible with the NHS centralised contact-tracing app.
The app was designed to speed up the process of contact-tracing, with epidemiologists previously warning manual contact-tracing would be too slow.
If the bill becomes law, government would be required to set up an independent contact-tracing app Privacy Tzar to monitor its use and deal with complaints.
It is “critical” that capacity for contact-tracing is advanced for “further stages of managing the epidemic”, according to a government committee.
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The ethics advisory board tasked with overseeing the NHS contact-tracing app has raised concerns about the reliability of an app based on self-reporting.
A new online portal which aims to make it easier for care homes to arrange deliveries of coronavirus test kits has been by the government.
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A Coronavirus Status Checker will be used to collect informationinform the NHS’s response to the virus, but it fails to take a person’s sex into account.
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