Two leading care home providers are to pilot proof of vaccination technology with their staff.
The myGP TICKet is to be piloted at Barchester Healthcare and Lillian Faithful care homes from next week.
The vaccine verification feature, which is being made available on the myGP healthcare management app, will enable care staff to display their vaccination status via their smartphone.
Simon McCall, Commercial Director of Barchester Healthcare, who are among the first to mandate vaccination for all employees, said: “Given that our residents fall primarily in the highest risk group for COVID-19, it would be irresponsible of us not to mandate vaccination for those employees for whom it is medically safe.
“We have a duty of care to our residents and service users that we take very seriously and are keen to find a solution that can show vaccination status quickly and securely via your phone, and the fact that the myGP app has NHS assurance makes this the most obvious choice for us to pilot to understand better. We want our staff to understand the benefits of the vaccine and we have been working hard to better educate them on what this could mean for them, and for our residents.”
myGP is developed by Hammersmith-based iPLATO Healthcare. Currently assured by the NHS to give 97% of patients in England access to their own medical records – a service already accessed by more than 2 million patients in England.
It also allows patients to request and book GP appointments, track their weight, request repeat prescriptions, and access other complementary healthcare services, such as online therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition and weight management support, virtual diagnostics, and more.
Full roll-out of myGP TICKet is due in April. NHS patients can register to be notified when the technology is live, here: www.myGP.com/ticket.
Businesses owners interested in using the new feature can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a meeting and for further information.