NHS Digital has begun a pilot programme to extend the use of NHS login to a wider range of organisations.
It has announced five projects that will enable people using specific services to use the online identification service.
NHS login is being developed as a way for people in England to prove who they are once then use a single login for digital health and care services through the relevant apps and websites. It has been tested with 3,400 patients across England as part of the NHS App pilot and will be taken from private beta to publicly available over this year.
NHS Digital, the ICT partner of the health service in England, said five partners have been selected for the pilots:
Tiny Medical Apps, whose Digital Health Passport has been funded by the NHS to help teenagers manage long term conditions such as asthma.
eConsult, and online consultation tool currently used by 600 GP practices for almost 6 million people.
Helm, a person held record under development in Leeds that enables people to contribute to their personal health and care records.
The Audit and Transparency Summary Care Record, an NHS Digital programme giving people access to an audit of their summary care records.
Digital Child Health, an NHS programme run with Sitekit eRedbook to develop a new digital version of the personal child health record. It will allow parents and carers to view information on childhood immunisations, screening and health checks.
Ian Phoenix, director of health technology at NHS Digital, said: “A single NHS login will make it easier for people to use health and care websites and apps and lower the burden on the NHS by taking this task away from care workers to the frontline.
“NHS login will make it easier and quicker for patients and the public to see their personal health information online, which will empower people to manage their health more effectively.”
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