NHS developing coronavirus contact tracking app

NHSX is working on a contact tracking app to trace the spread of coronavirus through the population.

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Jasmine Rapson, HSJ correspondent

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NHSX is working on a contact tracking app to trace the spread of coronavirus through the population.

NHS Digital’s board was this morning told by chief executive Sarah Wilkinson that NHSX, an arm’s-length body reporting to the Department of Health and Social Care, was designing the software.

She said: “We are supporting them, to see if we can deploy it in to a live environment should it go beyond the pilot phase and we are also working with them on a data platform.”


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