Manchester tech firm develops Coronavirus Digital Health Passport

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A Manchester cyber tech firm says that it has developed a unique digital healthcare passport, which it hopes will help key workers return to the frontline faster.

VST Enterprises has used its VCode software to produce “V-Covid” which it says could be integrated into existing healthcare apps and used alongside Covid-19 testing kits, to  work as a secure digital passport.

Founder and CEO Louis-James Davis explained that the test result could be reported back to the NHS or relevant Healthcare Trust and the digital passport would then be used on a regular basis for monitoring and reporting. The key worker could then present their smartphone with an app to confirm and authenticate their health status.

“V-COVID is a game changer in rapidly speeding up the process of getting critical care key workers and frontline staff back into the NHS and in our hospitals. As a digital healthcare passport it will also be a critically important asset in getting our other key workers in the blue light emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance services and the military returning back to operational duties quickly and effectively. At the same time this will also help to alleviate  the pressure off the NHS and emergency services,” he said.

“Fundamentally once V-COVID has been used to get the critical care health workers back to work , then it can be used under strict guidelines to gradually bring back other essential workers and the rest of the UK workforce whilst continuing to observe the safety guidelines of social distancing. This will help the Government organise a gradual “back to work” campaign and staged relaxing of the current lockdown restrictions. In doing so this will also help to minimise any secondary wave of the virus occurring and the lockdown measures being reintroduced which could cripple the UK’s fledgling economy with further stringent measures put back in place.”

It’s now in talks with “several leading medical equipment and service providers” in the hope of accelerating discussions with the NHS and World Health Organisation.