A new UK National Health Service (NHS) App will be using the Technology Co-Developed by Apple and Google
The UK government has ordered the creation of a National Health Service (NHS) app which it hopes will help end the coronavirus lockdown. When fully operational, the phone app would use Bluetooth technology to find out whether a user had come into close contact with an infected person, according to The Sunday Times. The app would then alert them to get tested for the virus at an NHS facility.
NHSX, the health service’s technology arm, has reportedly been developing the app at "breakneck speed' in conjunction with Apple and Google technology that was co-developed and announced last week.
If a person becomes unwell with symptoms, he or she can allow the app to inform the NHS and trigger an alert that the app will send anonymously to all other users with whom the person was in significant contact over the previous few days.
It is hoped that, combined with a massive increase in testing for the disease, the new technology will enable the government to end the lockdown from late next month.
Note: Patently Apple has now opened a COVID-19 Archive to keep track of information unfolding in a timeline.