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NHS App exceeds 22 million user mark

Boosted by Covid-19 pass functionality, the NHS App is one of the most downloaded apps in the UK By Angelica Mari Published: 05 Jan 2022 9:15 The NHS App has surpassed the 22 million user mark, driven by the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination pass, available through the tool. Of the total number of users,…

Boosted by Covid-19 pass functionality, the NHS App is one of the most downloaded apps in the UK

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Published: 05 Jan 2022 9: 15

The NHS App has surpassed the 22 million user mark, driven by the uptake of the Covid-19 vaccination pass, available through the tool.

Of the total number of users, the app saw more than 18 million registrations since the introduction of the NHS Covid Pass in May 2021. The pass is used for sharing Covid-19 vaccination records or test results when travelling abroad or for certain events and venues domestically.

“The NHS App has played a central role in the fight against Covid-19, helping to enable international travel and access to major events. “It has also transformed the way that millions of adults in England have access to healthcare services in the three year since its launch,” stated Simon Bolton, interim chief executives at NHS Digital, which manages this app.

Matthew Gould is the chief executive of NHSX. He said that the NHS Covid Pass was created by the digital delivery unit at the health service “at an extraordinary speed” and has been continuously updated to address the changes in the country’s needs during the pandemic. He noted that the NHS Covid Pass is an important tool to keep people safe from the Omicron variant.

The latest milestone of the NHS App follows an agreement, announced in November 2021, to enable European member states to digitally verify the NHS Covid Pass. The initiative is aimed at simplifying access by UK citizens to venues such as museums, restaurants and other locations requiring proof of vaccination against Covid-19 in countries across the European Union.

Since the NHS App was launched in December 2018, a total of 1.1 million GP appointments have been booked through the tool, of which 641,000 were booked in the past six months.

In addition, some 10.4 million repeat prescriptions have been ordered through the NHS App since it debuted, with 6.2 million of those processed by the app in the past six months.

Moreover, a total of 316,000 people have used the NHS App to manage their organ donation decision. According to NHS Digital, the past six months have seen more than 170,000 registrations recorded through the app. This compares with 1.5 million registrations by September 2021.

According to NHS Digital, the tool is the most downloaded free iPhone app in the UK.

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