NHS Health Call and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust have developed a COVID home testing app for frontline healthcare staff.
The app is designed to support regular testing of staff and reduce COVID spread in health and care settings.
Graham King, the Chief Information Officer for the Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust, said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve had to work at speed to respond to the changing situation.
“This testing programme involves thousands of our frontline clinical staff, and finding an intelligent digital solution for recording and reporting results was essential.
“The home testing app gives us real time information and the ability to respond quickly to positive results and keep people safe from COVID-19.”
Developed in just two weeks, and accessible via mobile or an online portal, the intuitive app works alongside a self-testing kit to provide quick results and has been designed to capture potential COVID infections in asymptomatic staff before they commence their shift. Bespoke advice can then be provided through the app, which satisfies all clinical safety requirements.
As a result, reporting and monitoring of cases has been made much simpler, whilst also helping to reduce the spread of COVID among healthcare staff and vulnerable patients.
The COVID Testing App is just one of the innovative digital healthcare solutions developed by Health Call, who have received two national awards in recent months, HSJ Patient Safety Best Health Tech Solution and HTN Health Partnership of the Year award.